The March 10, 2007 issue of World magazine had an article about Elliot Huck, a 14 year old 8th grader in Indiana (see the World blog post here). In 2005 and 2006 Huck went to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D. C. after winning the regional contest sponsored by the Bloomington Herald-Times. His friends took to calling him "Spelliot." He was an odds on favorite to go to D. C. again this year, until it was announced by the Herald-Times that their 2007 championship was schedule for Sunday, March 4th. Elliot made the difficult decision not to compete in his last year of eligibility.
Why did he do this? God commands Christians to keep the Sabbath holy. Huck commented: "If I make exceptions to following God’s rules, even if it is only once, there will be more exceptions that will follow."
He added, "My chief purpose in spelling is to glorify God. My chief purpose in not spelling will be to glorify God."