About Me...

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My name is Grace Walters, I am 16 years old, and I am in my senior year of high school. I have been involved with spelling bees and the spelling community for eight years. I began coaching after I aged out of the bee in 2015. With five years of spelling and three years of coaching behind me, I have gained the experience necessary to help spellers succeed in today’s grueling bees.

I became interested in spelling
at seven years old.

My teacher pointed out to my mother that my spelling test scores were consistently perfect or near perfect, and she expressed her interest in entering me in a spelling competition. However, I attended a private school that was registered in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and the ACSI spelling bee was for grades 3-8. So, the following year, I competed in my district ACSI bee. I missed the word ‘feint’ that year by spelling its homonym, but that did not stop me. I came back and won the fourth grade district bee the next year.

I continued to compete in the ACSI league through all my years of spelling, winning my district spell-off three years in a row, taking the gold at the south-central regionals twice, and placing second at nationals two years in a row. My school did not register for the Scripps spelling bee until I was in the eighth grade, but I had always been a huge fan. I watched the bees on TV, I recorded the words, and I played along and tried to spell with the contestants. When I finally got the chance to compete in Scripps, I was met with the incredibly difficult and fiercely competitive Houston region.

I placed second at my district bee to Scripps national finalist Shobha Dasari, falling just short of the regional bee. Since the end of my spelling career, I have coached seven spellers, including 2018 Scripps National Champion Karthik Nemmani and 2017 Scripps National runner-up Rohan Rajeev. Through all my experience as a speller and as a coach, I have gathered knowledge and insight into how to prepare efficiently and thoroughly for the spelling bee. My goal as a coach is to incite in my students a love for and understanding of the English language, and to help them reach their goals of spelling success.

Accomplishments

6th grade

ACSI district grade bee: 2nd place, advanced to the spell-off

ACSI district spell-off: 1st place

ACSI regionals: 1st place

ACSI nationals: 23rd place

7th grade

ACSI district grade bee: 1st place, advanced to the spell-off

ACSI district spell-off: 1st place

ACSI regionals: 3rd place

ACSI nationals: 2nd place

8th grade

ACSI district grade bee: 1st place, co-champion after 69 rounds, advanced to spell-off

ACSI district spell-off: 1st

ACSI regionals: 1st place

ACSI nationals: 2nd place

Scripps district: 2nd place

9th grade

TAPPS invitational meet:
1st place spelling

TAPPS state academic meet:
2A state spelling champion

10th grade

TAPPS invitational meet:
1st place

TAPPS state academic meet:
2A state spelling champion


11th grade

TAPPS invitational meet:
1st place

TAPPS state academic meet:
2A state spelling champion