Spelling has always played a huge role in my life. When I finally achieved my goal of touching the Scripps stage, I gained confidence that I had never felt before. Participating in the bee solidified the importance of hard work into my brain. The beauty of the bee is that it reaches so much further than academic excellence. While I went to the bee with the primary intention of spelling, I left with so much more. Lifelong connections with likeminded individuals were the fortunate result of my spelling efforts. If I could give a piece of advice to prospective spellers I would tell them to work with the end in mind. They will end up with so much more than they expect from their bee experience.