LEETONIA- For the second consecutive year, Leetonia eighth-grader Sash Davis will represent Columbiana County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week.
He will be looking to improve upon a third-round showing at last year's bee when he takes to the stage in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The preliminaries begin at 8 a.m. and will be televised online on ESPN3. The semifinals will be televised on ESPN 2 beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday and the finals on ESPN at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Sash said he hopes to bring national exposure to Leetonia while pushing himself further than last year.
"I definitely want to get past the third round this year," Sash said. "I'd also like to get into a commercial (promoting) the spelling bee.
"I feel honored to be able to do this and I want to make my school proud."
Sash took home the top county prize after winning his school contest. He also won the school championship last year and competed in the school's bee in sixth grade.
"I've always been a good speller, and it's just escalated to this," he said of his spelling run.
Sash said he is partial to words with random consonants, and loves spelling German words, due to the challenge.
Already a following a strict study regimen, Sash said he is studying a lot more in preparation for the national bee. His routine includes recording words in separate parts, then testing himself by replaying them and writing them down.
"Then it's just memorizing by trial and error," he explained.
Sash will be accompanied to Washington by his mother, Rosalie.