Last Year's Runner-Up Speller Has Eye On 1st Place
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with best wishes to Tim Ruiter of Virginia.
He finished second in the last year's National Spelling Bee. And now, in 2010, it's his final chance to win it all. The 13-year-old will be among the hundreds of spellers in the contest when it starts on Wednesday. His parents say there's no pressure for him to win this time. But then again, the teenager has been studying about 20,000 homemade flashcards.
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