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Bula spelling bee champ wants to return to DC

Bula spelling bee champ wants to return to DC

Submitted Photo - Matthew Dufour (left), an upcoming sixth grader at Superior Intermediate School, poses with the Scripps National Spelling Bee runner-up, Naysa Modi, after the competi…

Bula spelling bee champ wants to return to DC

Bula spelling bee champ wants to return to D.C.

Submitted Photo - Matthew Dufour (left), an upcoming sixth grader at Superior Intermediate School, poses with the Scripps National Spelling Bee runner-up, Naysa Modi, after the competition last week in the Washington D.C. area.

Bula spelling bee champ wants to return to D.C.

Superior Intermediate fifth grader Matthew Dufour wears his Scripps Spelling Bee T-Shirt after returning from the bee held last week in Oxon Hill, MD, a suburb of Washington D.C. He also displays a statue of Jesus he bought on the trip and wears a pin given to him by a Secret Service agent.

Superior Intermediate fifth grader Matthew Dufour wears his Scripps Spelling Bee T-Shirt after returning from the bee held last week in Oxon Hill, MD, a suburb of Washington D.C. He also displays a statue of Jesus he bought on the trip and wears a pin given to him by a Secret Service agent.

Submitted Photo - Matthew Dufour (far right), an upcoming sixth grader at Superior Intermediate School, poses with Donald Trump Jr. and the rest of his family (from left) Danielle, Trump, Madeline, Mike at Matt at the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. last week while Matthew Dufour was competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

OXON HILL, Maryland â€" Superior Intermediate School fifth-grader Matt Dufour didn't win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but he said he had a great time planting seeds for next year.

Dufour made it through the first round by spelling the word "Th ames" correctly and came back the second day, but he wasn't as fortunate in the next round.

"I was really nervous so I wasn't hearing the word," he said.

He misspelled the word "enfeebled" as "enfebled."

"I should have taken a few deep breaths," Dufour said.

Dufour qualified for the national event by winning the Ashtabula County Spelling Bee then besting the Lake and Geauga county winners to earn the trip to the Washington D.C. area. He said he hopes to go back next year and compete again.

"We have a lot of places we want to go to next year," said Dufour's father Mike.

The weeklong-Washington D.C. experience went far beyond the spelling portion of the event, creating memories for a lifetime.

"Seeing all the new people was my favorite part," Matthew Dufour said.

The Dufour family arrived in Washington May 27 and stayed until Sunday.

"It ended Friday at midnight. They had a dance for the kids to wind down," said Matthew's mother Danielle Dufour.

She said the spelling bee expanded this year as contestants who did well in local competition but did not win were able to attend and compete at a cost of $750 â€" almost doubling the participants, who came from 23 countries.

The winner of the entire spelling bee, Karthik Nemmani, lost to Naysa Modi at the county level in Texas, but was able to come back and win on the biggest stage.

Matthew Dufour said there were a line of photographers livestreaming the first day of the event for ESPN 3.

While in Washington, the Dufours visited a variety of memorials and numerous museums ranging from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to the botanical gardens.

A trip to Trump International Hotel included a chance meeting with Donald Trump Jr., who posed for a picture with Matthew. Danielle Dufour said Matthew held a door for a Secr et Service agent, who was so impressed with the young man's manners that he went to his car and gave him a special pin.

The Dufours also expanded their culinary experience during the trip.

"I had a lot of different foods from all over the world," Matthew said.

Now that he is back home, Matthew said he is ready to wind down after eight months of studying for the spelling bee. He will be on the Ashtabula County YMCA Stingrays swim team this summer and attend a robotics camp and a video game camp.

Danielle Dufour said the family appreciates the Cleveland Browns Foundation, which sponsored the Tri-County spelling bee, and the support from Ashtabula Area City Schools, the media and the community.

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