Peter Westbrook, 14, of Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, has been interested in competitive spelling since the fourth grade. He competed in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord Resorts and Convention Center on Wednesday.
Peter Westbrook, 14, of Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, has been interested in competitive spelling since the fourth grade. He competed in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord Resorts and Convention Center on Wednesday. Shahzeb Ahmed Medill News Service
Peter Westbrook, 14, of Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, has been interested in competitive spelling since the fourth grade. He competed in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord Resorts and Convention Center on Wednesday. Shahzeb Ahmed Medill News Service

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