Kiddo#1 had his regional spelling bee competition. Before it began, they gave out the award certificate for winning for his school (remember when they only gave him a Participant award after he won? I guess they’re correcting for that now.)
Here’s the ironic part: on the certificate, they spelled his last name wrong.
It was kind of a bad omen for Kiddo#1, and the upshot is, he isn’t going to the state competition.
I still know he worked very hard at all those lists of words, and the winners were two or three years older than he is, so they simply had more exposure to the words than he had. Next year or the year after, look out! Until then, experience won out over youth and enthusiasm.