East Setauket seventh-grader Ryan Himmelsbach, champion of the sixth annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Spelling Bee, is ready to represent the region next week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Ryan is among 291 spellers, ages 6-15, competing for the title of 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
A multiple choice test will be administered on Tuesday, May 30. The preliminaries begin Wednesday, May 31 (Ryan will likely go on at some point between 3:45-5 p.m.), and the finals take place Thursday, June 1, starting at 10 a.m. May 31 and June 1 will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Ryan, 13, a student at Paul J. Galinas Junior High, is Speller #257 in the National Bee. He aspires to work for NASA and his favorite subjects in school are math and science where he especially enjoys learning about genetics.
Ryan won the Hofstra Long Island Regional Spelling Bee on February 12 with the word “requiem” after competing in 11 grueling rounds at The Helene Fortunoff Theater. Other words he spelled correctly in the final rounds were “hamate” and “flautino”.