Michael D. Barrus Jr. and his father, Michael D. Barrus Sr., have something in common besides their names. They'll both compete at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 29 through June 4.
Barrus Jr. is an eighth grader at Mountain Ridge Junior High, Alpine, and won the Utah Spelling Bee finals, sponsored by the Deseret News, held in Salt Lake City March 25.His father and mother will accompany him to the National Spelling Bee and both will compete in the Merriam-Webster "Parents of Champions" Spelling Bee, the first time an event has been held for parents in conjunction with the 67-year-old National Spelling Bee.
The trip for both Barrus Jr. and Barrus Sr. is being paid for by the Deseret News as the prize for winning the Utah Spelling Bee.
Other state winners in addition to Barrus and their prizes are:
Second place - Annette Page, Kaysville Junior High School. She received a 1994 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica set.
Third place - Joseph Cook, North Sanpete Middle School. He received the WORDMASTER 1055 from Franklin Electronic Publishers.
Fourth place - Spencer Lythgoe, Butler Middle School. He received a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
Fifth place - Timothy Giauque, Farrer Middle School, Provo. He received the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.
Sixth place - Ben Green, Snow Canyon Middle School, Santa Clara. He received the Random House Word Menu.
Seventh place - Patrick Fernandez, Kearns-St. Ann School. He received Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus.