Alex competed in the Davis School District South End Spelling Bee last week. He and two other students from his school qualified to compete based on their performance in the school spelling bee in January. There were 70 competitors in the south end bee. The whole family came to cheer Alex on.
Parker freaked in the first round when Alex spelled his word. It was "receive", and when Parker heard Alex spell it "R-E-C-E-I-V-E, Parker thought that was wrong and he groaned....
Ummmm....good thing it's Alex in the spelling bee, not Parker, right? :)
Anyway...there were five rounds of competition. In the first three, the kids were given words from the list they had studied. Not many were eliminated, so then the bee organizers turned to words the kids hadn't studied. In round four, the spellers were dropping like flies. Alex made it through when he spelled 'karate' correctly. Hiiiii Yah!!!
Fifth round, Alex got the word 'diatribe', which I am certain he had never heard before and had certainly never used in a sentence. But he bravely stood up at the microphone and spelled it correctly!
At the end of that round, 16 spellers remained, including Alex and a girl from his school. They now advance to the Davis County Spelling Bee Finals in March!
Nothing could make a spelling and vocabulary geek of a mom more proud!
Hooray for Alex. :)
Outside the auditorium right before the competition.
The spellers in the beginning of the fist round. Alex is on the second row.
Alex spells his first word.
After two rounds, there was a short break. Here's Alex on stage waiting for the next round to start.
Alex waiting for his turn.
A smile of relief when he becomes one of the winners!
Smiling for his picture that will be in the Davis County Clipper!
The 16 winners posing for the newspaper photographer.