South 7th grader in National Spelling Bee

Published 10:23 am Thursday, May 24, 2018

Reagan Edson is a shy seventh grader at South Davie Middle School who loves to wear big bows in her hair.

She’s also a champion speller, having won the past two county spelling bee titles.

And now, she’s headed this weekend to the National Spelling Bee just outside of Washington, D.C. Reagan qualified in a new program that awards points based on past bee experiences, answers to questions and other criteria to become a contestant in the national bee.

She will be speller No. 373 out of 519 from around the world.

Reagan loves to read, and won her first spelling bee while in the first grade. Her favorite subject, however, is math. She takes karate, is in the jazz band, and is teaching herself Japanese.

“She’s ambitious, like a little sponge,” said her mother. “She just soaks stuff up.” She is the daughter of Mikel and Patty Lowdermilk Edson of Mocksville.

She will be traveling to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. with her mother, sister Kylie and grandmother, Joan Edson.

“Just the experience will be pretty cool.”

She will be among 20 spellers from North Carolina competing in the bee.