Tino Delamerced | 2009 Spelling Bee
This year, I am rooting for Speller No. 200, Tino Delamerced.
A nationally ranked chess player, Tino was just a second grader when he beat a grandmaster during a simultaneous chess exhibition. He recently took home first place in the Cincinnati Scholastic Chess Series—in the high school division. Musically inclined, Tino plays clarinet and is an accomplished pianist. He regularly volunteers his time playing piano for the residents of a nursing home. His sister, Anna, tied for 25th place in the 2008 national finals.Words spelled to qualify for the semifinals: