Ethan Perrins of Topeka feeling good after preliminary Bee round

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - After finishing the computer-based preliminary test at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Tuesday morning, Ethan Perrins, speller 91 from Topeka, Kansas, had two words for inquiring minds: “Feeling good.”

Though he admitted entering the room and sitting down for the first round of testing was “pretty nerve-wracking at first,” Ethan soon came across words on the test that he was happy to see.

As far as what those words were, though, they’ll remain a secret. Spellers are asked not to discuss the words on the test with each other or anyone else, in order to keep the competition fair.

Ethan is joined this year at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., by his parents, two younger sisters and his self-described “Granny-Nanny.”

When it comes to the first televised round of the competition, which will air on ESPN3 beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Ethan is confident that his studying has prepared him for the trials to come, and plans to spend most of Tuesday relaxing and enjoying the “really nice hotel.”

“I think I’m ready,” Ethan said. “We’re going to go get some shakes and go to the pool today, and I’m going to be in a music video for ESPN.”

To see how you stack up against Ethan and the 280 other spelling whizzes at the bee, take last year’s preliminary test.

The 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place on May 27, 28 and 29 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Preliminary rounds will air on ESPN3 at 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Thursday at 10 a.m., and the championship finals will be broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday at 8 p.m. 

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