Durant 4th grader wins spelling bee at OU

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DURANT, Okla. ― A fourth grader at Durant Intermediate School is spelling his way to the top.

“Phantom” was the winning word for Matthew Anderson, the first Texoma child to win the Pee-Wee Spelling Bee that took place at the University of Oklahoma last weekend.

Anderson says he studied for about three months by writing down ten words each night and studying those words before the spelling bee. He says he is excited that all his hard work has paid off.

"It took a lot of time out of my day, like 30 or 40 minutes, sometimes and hour if I was doing well," Matthew said.

Anderson’s prize was a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Oklahoma.


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  • by deb Location: durant on Apr 8, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    way to go Matthew!
  • by Just me Location: denison on Apr 8, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    EXCELLENT job! And a big congrats to his parents as well.
  • by Aaron Location: Sherman on Apr 8, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    That kid studies more than an actual student at OU. Well, as soon as the kid won, most students and people in Oklahoma learned how to spell a new word, this is a big step in education for Oklahoma.
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