CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio boy will compete in the National Spelling Bee for the third time this year.
Fourteen-year-old Joseph Delamerced (day-la-mehr-CED') beat out more than 60 other students at a regional spelling bee held in Cincinnati on Saturday.
It will be the Cincinnati eighth-grader's third trip to the national bee, held in Washington, D.C., in May. Last year, he placed 12th.
He won Saturday's competition with the word "persienne," which is a painted or printed silk or cotton from Persia.
Joseph tells WCPO-TV (http://bit.ly/1p9yfBF), the regional bee's sponsor, that "spelling words is cool" and that his strategy for the national competition is to put his whole heart into it.
Joseph's older brother, Tino, and older sister, Anna, also have competed in the national bee, placing 12th and 25th, respectively.
Information from: WCPO-TV, http://www.wcpo.com