Abilene 7th Grader Competing in National Spelling Bee

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene teen is in the spotlight as he competes in the National Spelling Bee this week.

13-year-old Jack Miller, a home-schooled 7th Grader, is returning to the competition as 1 of 14 three-year veterans. 

Jack will be spelling against 291 6-through-15-year-olds from across America during the two-day competition.

A preliminary round took place on Tuesday and Spelling Bee officials say those results, "combined with the on-stage spelling [Wednesday], the test will determine who moves on in the Bee."

Finals will take place on Thursday.

The following biography was provided for Jack, who is speller number 120 in the competition: 

Jack's favorite subjects in school are history and Latin. At least once a month, a new acquaintance will ask Jack if he realizes he resembles Harry Potter. When he's not studying, Jack participates in an array of activities, including Kajukenbo (a mixed martial art incorporating karate, judo/jujitsu, kenpo and boxing), tap dancing, and singing in his church choir. Jack loves to write and adapt stories and knock-knock jokes in his spare time. He also enjoys looking through Bee Keepers from years past. He competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015 and 2016.


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