Last week we were blessed to participate in something few people experience in real life: We witnessed excellence in action. The homeschool spelling bee was almost as breathtaking as a beautiful music or figure-skating performance.
In our homeschool spelling bee, the students traditionally spell words in rounds of ten, with those achieving 7/10 being allowed to participate in the next round. Usually the bee is over after the second round. This time Miss 10 made it to the second round and did well, which was a great accomplishment in itself.
Four spellers, including Miss 13, moved on to the third round. Then the real competition began. We were astonished by Miss 13’s spelling. She earned third prize by correctly spelling words like ‘carcinogenic’, ‘germicidal’, and ‘icteroid’, although she missed ones like ‘rhabdomancy’, ‘verapamil’, ‘sfogato’, and ‘pyxidium’.
The top two spellers flawlessly spelled words like ‘tomentose’, ‘agnathia’, ‘wallaroo’, ‘dioecious’, ‘atractaspis’ and ‘nacreous’ and only stumbled over ‘tuatara’, ‘rillettes’, ‘cuadrilla’, and ‘pargasite’.
Witnessing such skill at a local spelling bee was an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are blessed to have been a part of it. We are also very thankful for the accomplishments of our two spellers.
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