April 1st, 2013 at 1:25 pm EST
Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

Dear Friend of America's Survival:

I have great news again: my son Christian won the Calvert County, Maryland, Spelling Bee, and now goes on to the National Bee. This is the second year in a row he has won. He beat 48 students. You can read the Calvert Recorder coverage of the event here. Find out the winning word.

Christian does "Rocky" imitation after winning

We are very proud. Here's my family -- my wife and three sons ­­-- after the victory:

From left to right: Curtis, my wife Lisa, Christian, yours truly, and Clifford

I would like to think my journalistic interest in words has been passed down genetically to my son. But Lisa was his Spelling Bee coach and Christian has a good mind with a keen interest in language. He worked very hard. We both tested him many times on hundreds of different words. However, the National Bee is much tougher. The National Bee is held in front of thousands and on national television.    

Anyway, I want you to know that hard work does pay off, and that strong family values make a difference. Family and friends turned out for the Calvert County Bee. We also want to thank his teachers and staff from Windy Hill Middle School.

If you haven't been to a Bee, please go. You watch these students get up in front of hundreds of people while they're given hard words to spell. It is really a test of knowledge under pressure. It also restores your confidence in young people and their determination to learn and strive for excellence.

This time, my son seemed cool and calm, while we were in the audience wondering what word would come next. I was nervous. But we were confident and he was even more confident.

By the way, there's a good family movie about the National Spelling Bee produced in 2006 called Akeelah and the Bee. I highly recommend it.  The film is inspiring.

We are very proud of our son.

Now, let's go out and save America for him and the next generation.

Are you with me? 

Send me your thoughts at Kincaid@comcast.net

For America's Survival,

Cliff Kincaid, President

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