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Editor's Note - April 2023

Joni Hoffman
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Joni Hoffman


I love when this happens: A reader reached out and said, “History was made by a kindergartner.” We were amazed to find out a 6-year-old won River Oaks Elementary’s spelling bee – in which kindergartners don’t usually compete, much less win. Beyond his spelling talents, it’s clear Zachary Teoh is extraordinary. Writer Cheryl Ursin had the opportunity to meet him in his home and see firsthand his skills and interests, which include reading, writing, coding, and chess. It didn’t surprise us when Zachary’s story got picked up by local news and Good Morning America. We are proud to feature him this month, and what makes it more special is that Zachary is an avid Buzz reader. He has been reading since age 3 ½ and, turns out, he read our story about kids who love chess in April 2021, by Jennifer Oakley. (Zachary would’ve been 4 then.) The story inspired him to compete in chess. That anecdote speaks volumes about Zachary; in addition to his intelligence, he has a zest for learning. Whatever your interests, we hope something featured in The Buzz this month – and every month – inspires you. [email protected]

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