The buzz about spelling bees
My adventures in spelling started two years ago when I won my classroom spelling bee, was the runner-up in the Hunters Creek Elementary School Spelling Bee, and then won fifth place in the Spring Branch ISD District Spelling Bee. This year, in fifth grade, I got to compete in the District Bee again. I was upset when I missed the word “zealotry,” but fortunately the other speller misspelled her word too. After spelling my next two words correctly, I was thrilled to hear that I was the district champion and that my dream of going to the HoustonPBS Bee had come true!
About six weeks later, I was in the television broadcast studio for the HoustonPBS Spelling Bee feeling a little nervous. My first two words were “trawl” and “schnecke,” which I spelled correctly. I missed my next word, “litany,” but was able to stay in the bee by winning an appeal. I went on to spell “immolate” correctly, but then missed “kepi,” which I spelled “capie” because it was a French word.
Studying for the bees was exhausting at times, but my hard work paid off. Although I was eliminated in the fifth round of the HoustonPBS Bee, I was proud to have tied for 11th place and be one of only two elementary school students to get that far. I love the whole spelling-bee experience, and it was fun to study with Mom and Dad. Now I’m noticing words everywhere and thinking, “Oh! I studied that word! I know what it means.” By learning Greek and Latin roots and affixes, I am able to work out the meaning of words that I have never seen before. And some words just sound cool, such as my current favorite, “Bombacaceae” (a family of flowering trees).
When I was in the third grade I set a goal to reach the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., and now I feel that I am one step closer.
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