Waynesboro Student Advances to Final Round of National Spelling Bee


Sam Pereles is one of 12 spellers to advance to the National Spelling Bee finals Thursday night on ESPN.

Scripps National Spelling Bee Website

WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- A Waynesboro boy is one of 12 spellers across the country competing in Thursday's finals at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held near Washington, D.C.

Sam Pereles, a seventh-grader at Kate Collins Middle School made it through a pool of 281 students to advance on to tonight's final round.

During Thursday morning's semifinal rounds, C.J. Hill's seventh-grade language arts class watched the spelling bee and cheered on their classmate Sam while they did their work.

The school's principal, Janet Buchheit, said the office and the lunch-room erupted when he spelled his first word correctly.

"Sam is definitely someone that others can aspire to be more like, just a great role model for the other kids, a great school leader. He does a really super job. Good luck, Sam! We're really proud of you, we support you all the way, we're cheering for you all day long here at school, so we just wish you the best of luck. Have fun," said Buchheit.

Sam spelled both of his words correctly in the semi-final round. His score on a computerized test last night also helped him advance to the final round.

You can watch Sam in the finals Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.


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