Emulate. E-M-U-L-A-T-E. Emulate.
That word means a trip to the Shelby County Spelling Bee for a Woodland Presbyterian seventh grader who won his school's annual spelling bee Friday morning.
FOX13 Good Morning Memphis anchor Brooke Thomas hosted the event.
"I'm impressed that they actually studied for this on top of their homework and sports after school and things like that," said one student.
School headmaster Adam Moore said the kids all should be proud and that's a testament to their teachers.
"We moved the time of the spelling bee," he said. "Really over the past two years it's run into carpool time. The kids were actually spelling so many words, we ran out of the school day."
After an hour of spelling, seventh grader Daniel Ward won the spelling bee. Many were not surprised because Daniel also won the 2011 school spelling bee.
"Some kids think I'm weird because I do read the dictionary," he said. "But I don't think that's the main reason. I think it's because I just look over the list and look over the list so often."
"I am a proud parent," said John Ward, father. "I'm proud of him and I'm proud of all of these kids too."
Daniel moves onto the Shelby County Spelling Bee, which will be held in February.