SYCAMORE — Even though Matthew Rogers won’t be heading to the semifinals for the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, he’s still willing to give a shot next year.
“I still feel really good, and I think I’m going to try next year, so I can make the semifinals,” Matthew said.
The 13-year-old Sycamore Middle School student managed to spell two words right in preliminary rounds two and three. The words were “ingenue” and “kratogen.”
However, it was the score he received on the first round of the competition that kept him from the semifinals.
Matthew won the 2013 DeKalb County Spelling Bee before entering the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. He was sponsored by the Daily Chronicle for the competition. More than 280 participants entered the competition, which included new challenges this year, such as a vocabulary test and spelling foreign language words.
The vocabulary test was one portion of the first preliminary round, which included a spelling test and had to be taken on a computer. Participants who won rounds two and three were then judged on their score from the first round.
Matthew’s father, Paul Rogers, said the test was worth 36 points and contestants hoping to advance to the semifinals would need 32 points. Rogers scored 13 points.
Paul Rogers said his son did great, and the family was really proud of him. Matthew is excited to come back and take part in the spelling bee next year. He said the experience of the competition was a win-win.
“I have no doubt he’ll put in a good effort,” Paul Rogers said.
Matthew said he is still going to watch the semifinals at the competition.
• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today: Semifinals
• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today: Championship Finals
Source: 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee