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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Good luck in competition for national spot

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 18, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.


Spelling Bee Prizes

Our Regional Spelling Bee champion will receive: an all-expense paid trip (paid for by the Victoria Advocate) to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee; Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate, donated by Jay Sugarman; a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium, donated by Encyclopaedia Britannica, and a Webster's Third New International Dictionary, donated by Merriam-Webster.

The second-place winner will receive a Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, donated by Merriam-Webster.

SOURCE: The Victoria Advocate

Are you ready for some spelling? We know 12 Crossroads kids who are, and we look forward to seeing them take the stage at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Victoria College's Johnson Symposium for the 2013 Regional Spelling Bee.

Over the past week, the Advocate has featured the champions from the six counties taking part in the regional level: Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Lavaca, Jackson and Victoria. Each county is sending their top two from the countywide bees to compete for a chance to go to Washington, D.C., and compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

We look forward to this competition every year. These students and their spelling abilities are amazing. They have trained their brains to not only memorize certain words but also how to puzzle out the spelling of an unfamiliar word based on its definition, etymology (language of origin) and pronunciation. Students who do well at spelling bees are not just good spellers; they are good critical thinkers and problem solvers, too.

The next level of competition is the last step before the national bee, and we are excited to see who will make it to the end and claim the trip to Washington. We have a group of strong contestants this year, and we expect a good competition Tuesday night. For those who want to enjoy the bee from the comfort of their own home, the Advocate will hold a live webcast of the competition. In years past, readers have enjoyed taking part in the bee by trying to guess the correct spelling in the chat box. We encourage the members of the community to come out and show their support for these amazing champions as they spell their way toward Washington. And above all, we wish the competitors luck. Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, together with its 1993 Addenda Section, contains about 470,000 entries. May the words be ever in your favor.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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