Harlingen 8th grader competing in national level spelling bee

Sean Wang in Washington D.C.

A Harlingen teen got the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Sean Wang won the regional competition in Weslaco and is now expected to step on the national stage to spell with teens from around the nation.

Sean is an 8th grader from Calvary Christian School.

The teen told Action 4 News he has been interested in spelling competitions since 4th grade.

Even though he did not win the spelling that year, Sean gained interest again in middle school and won the 2013 class competition.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is expected to last from Tuesday to Thursday.

Sean competed on Tuesday morning and will be getting those results on Wednesday night.

He told Action 4 News this has been a great learning experience for him and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I really would like to thank my teachers, especially my language teachers Mrs. Braxton and Mrs. Robinson, Sean said. A lot of the words we got on the list to study I learned from them.

Sean is not only thankful for the support from the Calvary Christian School staff, but says he thanks God, his classmates and his parents.

The teen says he knows the skills he is learning from all this new vocabulary will help him in high school.

Scripps National Spelling Bee website