A Filipino-American makes it as a finalist in US Spelling Competition. Joseph Henares of Avon, Connecticut finished fifth out of 286 contestants in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winner, 13 year old Evan O'Dorney of Danville, California gets the $35,000 prize, plus a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 savings bond and a set of reference works.
Henares, who is home-schooled is not new to competitions like this. In 2005, he ended up as the champion in the Back to School edition of Jeopardy. The boy, who was only 12 years old then, won and received a $10,000 cash prize.
Congratulations and Mabuhay ang Lahing Kayumanggi!