Advocate editorial board opinion: Event participants learn tools for a successful life
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 24, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2011 at 8:24 p.m.
REGIONAL SPELLING BEE PRIZES FOR WINNERS:
All expense paid trip to D.C. for Bee week from Victoria Advocate
$100 savings bond - the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award donated by Mr. Jay Sugarman in honor of his father
One-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online donated by Encyclopaedia Britannica
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition donated by Merriam-Webster
One-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Third place: One-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Fourth place: $20 Amazon.com gift certificate donated by the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Fifth place: $20 Amazon.com gift certificate donated by the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Twenty-seven competitors face off at the Victoria County Spelling Bee to try and advance to the regional bee and then the national bee.
We are proud of all the students participating in this classic event. We know spelling bees are effective teaching tools. Bees are brainy events that require more than memorizing lists of words that aren't often used in common conversation, reading the dictionary and investing hours and hours of study.
What that means to our young competitors is developing discipline, studiousness and competitiveness, not to mention instilling self-confidence - these are tools for success in life.
The winner of the county spelling bee advances to the 22nd annual Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held 6 p.m. in the Victoria East High School auditorium on March 22. The regional competitors will come from surrounding counties, as well as Victoria County.
And if the regional competitor overcomes the spelling hurdles and is victorious, he or she may win a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
We are proud to be the sponsor of that trip to the nation's capital for the regional spelling champ and his parent, which includes airfare there and back as well as lodging for a week.
So much is at stake for these young competitors. So we wish them well. But we praise all of them for endeavoring to compete in this worthwhile competition.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.