Sunday, January 24, 2010

Spelling Bee Recap

We haven't stopped smiling about it, so I thought I'd tell you about Shannon's cool Spelling Bee day.

We got to the High School, and Shannon got all registered. She drew her number...16...and then was given a trophy for winning at the school level.


Then, it was time for the Bee:

It was a really good Bee...lots of good words. This was Shannon's 3rd year at the county level; up til this year she has placed 8th in the county. As soon as she was guaranteed to be at least 7th, she shot us this huge smile. Well, pretty soon, she was in the top 4. The top 3 go to the district bee, plus there's an alternate…so that was exciting! And just a minute later, she was top 3...then two!

These two girls were a perfect match for each other. They went 16 rounds back and forth before Shannon missed a word (acumen). (I was CERTAIN Shannon knew that word, but she told me afterward that she didn't. She assumed it had the same root as "accurate" and spelled it "accumen." Oh well.) The other girl spelled it correctly, and then spelled her own word (ardency) she was the winner! Shannon was SO thrilled to earn 2nd place!

Shannon won a $150 Visa gift card, a trophy, and will get to go to the District Bee in late February!

So proud of this girl!

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