April 2, 2015

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy seventh grader Kyle Chu of Cincinnati is headed to the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) National Spelling Bee, held in Dallas, TX on May 2. Chu won first place overall in the Ohio Valley Regional Spelling Bee for grades 5-8 held in Circleville, Ohio on Friday, March 20. Mars Hill fifth grader Noelle Min of Mason won sixth place and will be the first alternate to the national bee. Sixth grader James Gerkin of Kings Mills also represented Mars Hill at the regional bee, coming in thirteenth.

This will be Chu’s second trip to the national bee. He came in second at last year’s regional bee.

“I love spelling, so I thank God for the opportunity to work with my teachers and friends to prepare for these competitions,” said Chu. “While we practice a lot, we realize it’s all a gift from God.”

Chu’s winning words were “acquisitive” and “profundity.” In addition to pouring through spelling word lists in his spare time, Chu enjoys math, piano, running, and basketball.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy seventh grader Kyle Chu of Cincinnati won first place in the ACSI Ohio Valley Regional Spelling Bee for grades 5-8. Pictured here with Mars Hill Grammar School Principal James Waldy, Chu will compete for the ACSI national title in Dallas this May.