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This week, a “g-r-i-t” award

Durham speller Jason Sorin competes at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday, May 31.
Durham speller Jason Sorin competes at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday, May 31. Medill News Service

We’re willing to bet most people reading this would have trouble spelling “longevous” or “accumbent.” We know we would.

But Durham’s Jason Sorin nailed those words this week. That was good enough to beat his own expectations at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, even if he did fall short of reaching the final round.”I didn’t expect to make it to the finals anyway,” Justin, a fifth grader at Triangle Day School, said philosophically.

“We’re so thrilled to be here, and the whole school has been so supportive,” said his mother, Deborah.

Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Twitter knows correct spelling is a fading art, so we are especially glad the Scripps bee encourages children each year to embrace spelling as a championship sport. And we’re delighted to recognize Jason’s performance there with this week’s Durham Grit Award.

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