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Cal Alexander returns to regional spelling bee

March 18, 2018

Shreveport - 2017 was a big year for Cal Alexander.

He beat out 29 other students from across North Louisiana to take his spot at the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“The trip to D.C. was really exhilarating and fun. I mean I never expected that I would be able to go there,” says Cal. He’s hoping for a repeat victory and he’s working incredibly hard to make his dream a reality.

“We’ve studied every day probably like one to two hundred words... it’s the repetition that helps me remember it.”

Besides bee prep, Cal also divides his time between a math club and violin practice, but there’s always room for fun.

“There is a ping pong club at my school that I’m about to join.”

Cal’s dad, Calvin, says the road to the national spelling be can be difficult.

“There’s an incredible amount of pressure when you go up on that stage for those spelling bees and you just have to practice, practice, practice, and just do the best you can and he was lucky enough to win last year when he was a 6th grader competing against 7th and 8th graders.”

But Cal is doing his best to be ready.