Rodrigo Medinilla might look like a typical seventh grader, but don’t let that fool you. This 12-year-old has already accomplished more than most high school students—having recently competed in the Robotics World Championship and participated in NBC’s “Junior Genius.” Then earlier this week, Medinilla won the 79th Annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee with the correct spelling of “acervation,” which means accumulation, according to Merriam-Webster.
When Medinilla isn’t winning competitions, he is a student at affiliate school Pinecrest Preparatory Middle/High Charter, where he takes a rigorous academic schedule. In fact, Medinillia is also a DC dual enrollment student. Last summer, he was part of a select group of middle school students at the school who successfully completed our College Success course, an introductory offering designed to help student transition into a college environment. The course aids students in developing the successful academic and personal strategies they will need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Medinilla is also a member of Mensa, an organization for those with exceptionally high IQs, which provides “a forum for intellectual exchange among its members.” To qualify for membership, one must score within the top two percent of the general population on an approved IQ test. As for his success at the Spelling Bee, Medinilla will now join approximately 500 top spellers from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and across the globe, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The National Bee will be celebrating its 92nd year and will be held from May 26-May 31 in Maryland.