Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) eighth grade student Colin Nossek loves to read —which combined with his Japanese language class helped him to place sixth at the statewide spelling bee on Saturday, March 23.
“He’s always got a book going,” said Janet Nossek, his mother.
Janet, her husband Scott and older daughter Maddy, went to the ASU Cronkite School of Journalism building in downtown Phoenix to watch Colin compete against 27 other spellers from around the state. The winner of the state bee will go on to compete in Washington, D.C. in the 86th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28.
“He told us, ‘I hope I can make it through one or two rounds,’ but he made it through 11 or 12,” said Janet.
She and her family are very proud of Colin, especially since he spelled a Japanese word Janet had no idea how to spell.
“When he got the word he said, ‘OK’ and rattled off the word,” said Janet.
Colin takes a Japanese class at the middle school.
Janet said the organizers treated the students who competed and their families to a luncheon. While they enjoyed their food, the organizers had each student stand up and tell the audience a little bit about themselves.
Colin had a lot to tell. He is part of the Model United Nations Club, (this weekend they are competing in Tucson at the University of Arizona and in April will go to New York to compete in a National Model U.N. conference), plays the saxophone in the school band and the Jazz Band, and competes on the Academic Team. Oh, and he ran on the RCMS cross-country team.
“He is a busy kid,” said Janet.
Rim Country residents may watch Colin in the Spelling Bee on April 5 on Channel 8 (KAET).