Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It was a good Bee

Last Sunday, I was a judge at Macy's Spelling Bee, a part of their "Book a Brighter Future" campaign in support of Reading is Fundamental. What is it like to judge a Spelling Bee? Can you spell the word "intense"? There was the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. (The agony came with a ding from an official Spelling Bee bell. Yes, it was an officially sanctioned Spelling Bee bell!)

Towards the end, you could cut the tension with a knife. These kids were tenacious. "Tenacious. T-E-N-A-C-I-O-U-S. Tenacious."

Here I am hoping the contestant spells the word
correctly, so that I don't have to ring the bell.

Some of the brave contestants awaiting their turn on the stage.

With Alishia Frey from RIF.

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