Genoa’s Joshua Lozier in National ACSI Spelling Bee
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Imagine starting out competing against 15,000 others in a contest that has local, district, regional and, finally, a national level of competition and ending up fifth in the nation. Almost incomprehensible, right? Most of us consider ourselves average folks; we would expect to find ourselves in the middle of the pack and be satisfied that we got there.
Genoa Township resident Joshua Lozier is one of those who broke away from the middle of the pack and tied for fifth place out of an original field of 15,000 who competed in the Association of Christian Schools International Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C. on May 12.
The Worthington Christian School eighth grade student did not arrive at the ACSI National Bee overnight. He placed first in his ACSI district spelling bee with the top four from the district advancing to regional, he placed third at regional’s where the top four advanced to the ACSI National Spelling Bee.
Asked if he was nervous competing at the national spelling bee, Lozier said he was at first, but as the other competitors began spelling words he said he grew more confident.
Lozier also said he believes that he’s a natural speller, not a word memorizer, but he studied word lists and a dictionary before competitions, and he also Googled words.
Asked what the most difficult word was that he had to spell in the ACSI National Spelling Bee, Lozier said the word that finally stumped him – solipsism.
One of the highlights of his trip to Washington, Lozier said, was a visit to Arlington Cemetery where he placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
During last Thursday evening’s Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting the trustees read a proclamation designating May 12 hereafter as Joshua Lozier Spelling Bee Champion Day.
Joshua Lozier, the son of Ted and Beth Lozier, will be a Worthington Christian School freshman in the fall.