Siblings compete for spot at Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee

Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 11:54:24-05

TULSA -- Kids have a few days left to prepare for this weekend's Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee.


10-year-old Faith Branch won last year's spelling bee at Owasso Prep, giving her older brother Joseph extra motivation this year.

"She had won last year and I wanted to win," said Joseph Branch, sixth grader at Owasso Prep.

And he did, taking the crown and spot to compete in the Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Owasso.

His sister scored second.

"I’m happy that he got it, but I still wish it was me," said Faith Branch, fourth grader at Owasso Prep.

Both constantly studying a list of 100 words, and sometimes doing it together.

"I would circle 25 of them and just work on those for a week and circle the next 25 and work on those," said Joseph Branch.

But the competition with these two doesn't stop at the books.

"We both had the same exact tooth that was loose and I ran into the bathroom really early that morning and I pulled it out," said Faith Branch.

Faith woke up Joseph to show off her tooth. Joseph sprung into action.

"I jumped onto the basketball goal and I was hanging on the rim and I bit it with my teeth and let go," said Joseph Branch.

While they may compete like typical siblings, Faith will be rooting for him at the Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee.

"Oh yeah I’ll be there to cheer him on," said Faith Branch.

The Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee is this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Tulsa Tech Center in Owasso.

The winner goes to Washington D.C. to represent Eastern Oklahoma in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

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