NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (WJRT) -
(05/28/14) - Wearing her favorite necklace and headband adorned with cherries, Saginaw native Hannah Jackson breezed through the preliminary round at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Her words: mihrab and denazification.
An eighth grader at the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, this is Jackson’s third appearance at the Bee.
“It’s really exciting being on stage competing and knowing you are in the top 281 kids in the country and the world, sort of…part of the world,” Jackson said.
One of her favorite parts about the Bee is seeing all the friends she’s made throughout the years - and playing hooky from school.
“It’s fun just being able to skip school for a week. It’s really fun to be in D.C., and it’s warm here,” she said.
Jackson’s dad Jim, who says he has no idea where she gets her spelling talent from, says he’s usually the one biting his fingernails.
“Well, I’d be a total failure up there, but I think we are more nervous than she is,” Jackson said. “I mean, she is pretty cool when she is at the microphone, or so it looks.”
This marks Jackson’s last year at the National Spelling Bee. She said she wants to be a forensics pathologist when she grows up, and it’s clear she can do anything she puts her mind to, including spelling some of the toughest words.
“I see words in my head so I don’t have to usually write them on my hand or anything,” Jackson said. “It’s just great to be at the microphone again.”
If Jackson has the points to make it through the competition Wednesday, she'll be in the semifinal Thursday morning.