LEBANON • Of course, she gets just a little nervous waiting to find out which word officials at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee will throw at her, Alice Liu admits.
But Liu is a pro. She’s been through the St. Louis bee before and into the late rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.
She makes sure she’s thinking of the same word the judges are saying before she visualizes it, ticking through the questions she’s allowed to ask judges: definition, use in a sentence, word origin, pronunciation. Most important, she said: “Stay calm.”