Achievement. OK, it's supposed to be I before E except after C. So ...Achievement. A-C-H-I-E-V-E-M-E-N-T. Achievement. Whew. I got that right, and I'm still in the competition.But like most of us who've found spellcheck to be a true blessing, I'm no competition for Lutheran South Unity School seventh-grader Lwin Moe Aung, who's off to the 87th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., next week.Lwin Moe Aung (pronounced Leh WIN Mo Awng) won the Journal Gazette's annual Allen County Spelling Bee for the second straight year in February and earned a spot in the national competition by winning the regional spelling bee at IPFW in March. The regional competition included winners from 15 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.Lwin Moe has the ability to spell words correctly-and under pressure-that aren't often used in everyday language. "Fatuity," for example, is the word that won him the regional bee. Otherwise, he's just a regular kid. A very bright kid, that is. He plays soccer at LSUS and likes action movies (Rush Hour with Jackie Chan is his favorite). This won't be his first visit to Washington, D.C., but he hopes to take in the Washington Monument this time around. He also has an avid interest in Chinese culture and history.Lwin Moe is a first-generation American. His parents are refugees who emigrated from Burma, by way of Thailand, to escape the ongoing turmoil in Burma. It's estimated that more than 200 proud Burmese immigrants and their families and friends will be in Washington to show their support for Lwin Moe. His story is also being covered by several news agencies, including BBC Asia and IPS News, Asia."We're rather proud of this unassuming, bright, soccer-playing student," says Krista Nagy, principal at LSUS, where Lwin Moe has been a student since kindergarten. "His father told us that some of his friends finally saw Lwin Moe, not just on Facebook, but on television in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. His father said they're proud of their son no matter how far he goes in the bee."Let's all be proud of this outstanding Lutheran school student. There's going to be a big send-off celebration for Lwin Moe at LSUS at 2:45 p.m. on Friday. I'd also like to send out an "attagirl" to Sophia Whitsitt of St. Paul's Lutheran School, who took fifth place in the 2014 Journal Gazette Allen County Spelling Bee.The 2014 National Spelling Bee preliminaries begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, and some of the competition will be aired by ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3. You can check out the ongoing results anytime at spellingbee.com.In the meantime, here are some fun facts about the 2014 National Spelling Bee: Competing will be 281 spellers from the 50 U.S. states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Department of Defense schools in Europe, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, and South Korea. The spellers range in age from 8 to 15, but more than 86 percent are between 12 and 14. Two of this year's spellers have siblings who've previously won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 138 spellers speak more than one language. This year's group of competitors is made up of 51 percent girls and 49 percent boys. The spellers' favorite words include bibliophile, effervescent, gestalt, kerfuffle, schottische, and snickersnee.
Can I have that in a sentence, please?
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