PUBLISHED: 4:10 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Jasfer Dumaop, 8, is a third-grader at Riverbend Learning Community School. He is the son of Lhen and Fernando Dumaop. Jasfer moved to Juneau from the Philippines last year. He won the school spelling bee, which earned him a place in the Juneau School District spelling bee. He was among 14 other participants and made it through the eighth round of competition. He said he practices spelling on a regular basis because it is his favorite subject. "It's fun," he said. "I get nervous in front of the people though." Jasfer said he enjoys attending Riverbend because "they're respectful here."