Hales jock is school’s best speller

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“Mercenary.”

That’s the word that Hales Franciscan High School junior Andre Anthony nailed in the all-boys school’s spelling bee Monday. The football halfback, basketball point guard, and track and field sprinter and long jumper

“Mercenary.”

That’s the word that Hales Franciscan High School junior Andre Anthony nailed in the all-boys school’s spelling bee Monday. The football halfback, basketball point guard, and track and field sprinter and long jumper knew he had the spelling win after the other contestant misspelled a word.

“When I heard him spell the ‘I’ in “memento” I knew I had it and then I spelled ‘mercenary,’” the honor roll jock with a 3.7 GPA said after winning the spelling bee. “It’s like football, gotta take it slow. You can go fast and get lucky, but it’s a chance.”

Anthony, who was runner up last year, was on a mission to capture the title of best speller in the school.

“I’ve been studying every day. I was at basketball, studying in between. Studying hard, I went out once with my girlfriend and that’s it. Nothing but study, study, study.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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