McClure 7th-grader spells her way to Washington, D.C.
WESTERN SPRINGS – “Dead burd awurt! Dead burd awurt!”
Alia Abiad was trying to tell her parents she found a dead bird in the backyard. She couldn’t yet pronounce her r’s, and the words came out like baby-talk. So Abiad spelled out her message: “D-E-A-D. B-I-R-D. A-L-E-R-T!”
Eventually, Abiad got her r’s right, but she never had issues spelling. This year, the McClure Junior High seventh-grader spelled herself all the way to Washington D.C., where she reached the semifinals of the nationally-televised Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28 to 30.
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