Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Win or lose, we're still impressed by kids

By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 30, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.

Every year, Crossroads elementary and middle schools put their best spellers to the test. After each county determines its top two students, they head to the regional bee. This year, students battled their way through 31 rounds before Colton Blinka, an eighth-grader at Travis Middle School, was declared the champion after correctly spelling the word "prevaricate."

With that win, Colton got the chance to go to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the first time. We were excited to see another Crossroads child head to our nation's capital to vie for the national champion title. In the past several years, Crossroads champions have been eliminated on the first day of competition. This year, Colton made it to the third round of testing before he was eliminated Wednesday. The third round was a vocabulary test, which is a new addition to the national competition.

We are glad Colton and his family had the chance to visit Washington and take part in the national spelling bee. We applaud him for his incredible dedication and knowledge. Many of the words used in spelling bees are not commonly used, yet these young champions from across the nation can spell them after only hearing the words pronounced with a few hints involving their origins and use in a sentence. We are impressed.

Even though our champion was eliminated from the competition, we are proud of him and each of the kids who were brave enough to get up on stage and show off their smarts by spelling these difficult words. Simply standing on stage in front of so many people takes courage but to stand up and face this pressure while also spelling words many adults don't recognize is amazing.

So we applaud Colton and all of the kids who took part in this year's round of spelling bees. These children are our next generation of leaders, and if they pursue their goals and dreams with the same tenacity and talent they have shown in these competitions, our future is looking bright.

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



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