I remember my ELA teacher announcing the class spelling bee, and being so excited. I was so eager to participate and win, and I did! My winning word was 'cliques'. I felt pretty proud of myself, but I needed to go beyond that. Fast forward a couple weeks and it was time for my school spelling bee, which I also won on 'kaleidoscope'. I ran onto the bus and texted my mom and we celebrated that night. A few more weeks in and it's regional spelling bee time, I was terrified. I have really bad social anxiety, and it proved to be my downfall.