Spelling Bee in The Perspective of a Speller

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The FMS school spelling bee was held on December 3rd, 2015. I had been preparing for a week, which is hard, because we got 450 words to study. Plus, I am in 6th grade, so really I didn’t know what to expect. To prepare, I went through the words maybe twice every day, writing down the ones I got wrong. Some of the words were really easy, like badger, sonar, even bat was on there. Others I’ve never heard before. Like eleemosynary, insouciance, acquiesce, and hegemony.

The day of the spelling bee, I was very excited, and could barely focus on my school work. Toward the end of the day I got really nervous, because again I didn’t know what to expect. My friends wished me good luck at the end of the day and I felt a little better.  When it started, I couldn’t sit still. I was number 8. All the people before me went up. Once I saw the words they were getting I could sit still.

My first word was iambic. I knew that one. We continued on the words from the list for a while and that was easy because I studied. Then we went to the alternate words, not on the list. It was a little harder, but everyone got pretty easy words I think. I lost on a word that I’ve never  heard before because it’s very old, and not many people use it anymore. The word was wheelwright (someone who makes wheels). That’s okay. I accept it. There’s always next year. I ended up in 9th place. Good job everyone! 

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