Odessa Boy Participates in National Spelling Bee

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - For 12-year-old Jonathan Hohstadt learning to spell a new word everyday is just part of his daily routine.

"He did start when he was little. He started spelling words when he was two," Mother, Kathy Hohstadt, said.

Jonathan always dreamed of making it to the National Spelling Bee, and just last weekend that dream became reality. From winning last year's regional, he was sent to Washington D.C to compete in the National Spelling Bee.

"I guess my studying paid off. You just hope you get a word you know, and when you do, you feel refreshed. you get really nervous so you really have to focus to make sure that you say each word completely right. Don't hurry through anything," Jonathan said.

Although Jonathan didn't win at the national level, his mother says being in the spelling bee for 4 years and making it that far is good enough.

"The stick to it attitude, we're real proud of that, and he's gain a lot of ground. Just discipline. When you have the self discipline to study anything, it doesn't really matter what it is, that's a plus for their character," Kathy Hohstadt said.

For Jonathan Hohstadt, winning the National Spelling Bee the next time around, is his main goal.

"I'm not really done with spelling bee yet. I have two more years to go. I guess I'll just wait until it happens," Jonathan said.