Scripps National Spelling Bee
Speller No. 181, Owen Kovalik

Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio






Medina Christian Academy, Medina,


Whereas many young children had imaginary friends, Owen was a bit more ambitious: He had an imaginary club! Owen often combines socializing with his hobbies, competing at Nintendo games like Super Smash Brothers, collecting Pokémon cards and playing baseball. This fall, Owen will join a robotics club, where he and like-minded students can work on mechanical science challenges. With accolades in regional science fairs and math competitions, Owen is excited to combine his interests in the study of robotics. One of Owen’s favorite endeavors is his music, which he likes to style after his favorite classical composers of the Romantic era, Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms. He plays four instruments including the violin, piano and clarinet, but he has a unique admiration for and fascination with the simple recorder. True to his geographic roots, Owen’s favorite meal is Cincinnati chili. 

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