A ‘Mammoth’ champion for spelling

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleEthan Corum and Western Center Academy Assistant Principal Mike Horton. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For many students, spelling and grammar can be a tough challenge. But for Western Center Academy 8th grader Ethan Corum, it’s a challenge he enjoys. The straight-A student won the Hemet Unified School District spelling bee and went on last month to come in second in the 17th annual Riverside County Spelling Bee. “It was my first county spelling bee,” Ethan says. “My favorite words to spell were ‘nightingale’ and ‘cicada,’ even though I spelled ‘cicada’ wrong.” His mistake? Spelling it “c-y-c-a-d-a.” But for his first time, coming in second

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