Journal of the San Juan Islands


Spellbound: prizes, awards up for grabs in annual ‘Bee’ competition

March 10, 2014 · Updated 9:30 AM

Amelia Calverley bested the competition to claim the 2013 Spelling Bee crown for Friday Harbor Middle School. The Community Theatre will be abuzz when this year’s annual “Bee” contest, sponsored by SJ Rotary Club kicks off Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. / Journal file photo

From the perspective of the audience (parents notwithstanding), Spelling Bees look less stressful than on stage, where competitors must concentrate and stay focused before spelling a word aloud; a misspelled start signals elimination for a contestant and there are no “do-overs.”

Catch the intensity and excitement as contestants demonstrate their spelling skills in the spirit of lively and friendly competition at Friday Harbor’s annual Spelling Bee.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Juan Island, the ever-popular Spelling Bee is Thursday, March 13, at the San Juan Community Theatre, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

First and Second place winners earn cash prizes for their school, class and themselves, and all participants receive a medal, along with appreciation of their families, friends and community for taking part in the contest.

A year ago, Amelia Calverley bested the field to claim the “Bee” crown for Friday Harbor Middle School and the honor of Friday Harbor’s top student speller for herself.

This year’s contest, open to 4th through 8th grades, features students from Friday Harbor elementary and middle schools, and Paideia Classical School. The competition will be judged by Rotarians Mary Sliger and Carol Linde, with Janice Peterson as the pronouncer.

Be prepared to play along (silently, of course), as the some of the words will be of the variety everyone finds difficult—absorbent, gnome, and abysmal—while others are deceptively simple but often spelled incorrectly; “Is that the sheriff (or sherrif) I see coming?” “Did their parents get there on time? They’re sometimes late.”

The competition promises to be… exhilarating (sp?).


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