Scripps National Spelling Bee
Speller No. 13, Cooper Komatsu
Sponsor:

Los Angeles Spelling Bee Collaborative, Los Angeles, California

Grade:

8th

Age:

17

School:

Culver City Middle School, Culver City, California

Profile:

Cooper has studied Japanese since he was a kindergartener, and likes how it connects him to his ancestors' culture. He has a passion for geography, maps and discovering new places. Social studies and math are his favorite subjects. In his free time, Cooper participates on his school's cross country team, on the Lego Robotics team, and in Boy Scouts of America. He is a Los Angeles Clippers fan, but he loves the Los Angeles Lakers too. The best board game, in Cooper's opinion, will always be Scrabble. After a fourth-place finish last year, Cooper and his teammate, playing as "Lucky 13," won the North American School Scrabble Championship tournament out of 85 teams from across the United States and Canada. Cooper tied for 11th place in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and his grandfather Robert Rosenberg competed in the Bee in 1955.


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