Speller No. 85, Sean K. Ives
Kankakee Valley REMC, Wanatah, Indiana
Trinity Lutheran School, Crown Point, Indiana
Sean loves to study geography and participates in numerous academic bowls and geography bees. He was champion of his school's geography competition in 2012 and 2013, advancing to the Michigan State National Geographic Bee and the Indiana State National Geographic Bee. Sean plays on his school basketball team and sings with his church's men's choral group. Sean lived in Europe for four years, but never stopped being a huge fan of the NFL's Detroit Lions. He would love to throw the ball around with Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson. This is Sean's first appearance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.