Under the spell of words

CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—Grand Mesa Middle School student Mason Pearmain, an eighth-grader with Asperger’s syndrome, won the School District 51 Spelling Bee recently. Although he didn’t fare well in statewide competition, Mason said he welcomed the chance to compete. He says he has a nearly photographic memory. “He’s always been my spell-checker,” says his mother.



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CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—Grand Mesa Middle School student Mason Pearmain, an eighth-grader with Asperger’s syndrome, won the School District 51 Spelling Bee recently. Although he didn’t fare well in statewide competition, Mason said he welcomed the chance to compete. He says he has a nearly photographic memory. “He’s always been my spell-checker,” says his mother.

Mason Pearmain has been a self-
described “spelling genius” for most of his 13 years. The Grand Mesa Middle School eighth-grader got the chance to show off his skills last…




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