Saturday, March 01, 2008

Boy with autism wins Mississippi county spelling bee

Tex Davis displays the word that won him a spelling bee this week but will not be competing at the next level. Due to a mistake in paying a $99 fee, David will not be competing on the state level. Davis's mother had hoped a state championship could had led to scholarships.
Tex Davis, 13, has autism, but that didn't keep him from winning a countywide spelling bee and advancing to the state competition. Unfortunately, because Tex's district was unaware of a new charge for the state competition, the payment wasn't sent in on time and that's keeping Tex from advancing. "I feel like my child is being punished for something that is not his fault," said Rachel Davis, Tex's mother. "Why not let us pay the fee and compete?" The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)

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