Advocate editorial board opinion: Crossroads' finest compete for national competition

By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 22, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.

Once again, the Regional Spelling Bee is over, and the Crossroads has a champion for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

All 12 of the contestants should be proud of being winners able to compete for the coveted championship that would take them to the national competition. Each of these youngsters pored over more than 70,000 words, learning their origins, meanings and spellings - no small task and one that will forever leave a positive impact on their careers.

Certainly, the competition Tuesday night was tough among these youths.

We congratulate Pauline Negrete, a 13-year-old at Edna Junior High School, for her victory by correctly spelling "saboteur" and earning the right to go to the national bee for a second time in her spelling bee experiences. Pauline was also the regional champion in 2010.

Pauline's victory was the result of two hours and 45 minutes of competition involving 27 rounds of words. The last seven rounds were just between her and Andrew Bernhard, a 14-year-old at Our Lady of Victory School and last year's regional champion, who traveled to the national bee in Washington, D.C.

In the end, Andrew stumbled on "caballero," and Pauline took the prize.

In addition to the all-expense-paid trip to Washington, Pauline will receive a Webster's Third New International Dictionary, donated by Merriam-Webster; a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate for about $50, donated by Jay Sugarman in honor of his father; a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, donated by Encyclopedia Britannica; and Valerie Supplement, donated by Hexco.

Andrew also has earned some amazing prizes, including Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary; one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online; and Valerie Supplement, as well as the place of alternate for the Washington, D.C., competition if Pauline becomes ill or is unable to attend.

We applaud both of these students - as well as all 12 of the competitors - for their dedication and hard work leading up to this competition, and we encourage both finalists to prepare as best they can for the national bee.

They are both veterans of the national bee, so we hope they will know what to expect.

We look forward to seeing the Crossroads represented by our best and brightest in May against other top spellers in the nation.

Good luck to you!

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



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