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January 24, 2014
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Bee emphasizes the importance of good spelling

Svetlana Dee couldn’t “emphasize” enough the importance of reading when it comes to being a good speller. The Whittell seventh-grader outspelled six other students Thursday to move on to the state spelling bee in Las Vegas in March. “I was nervous, but I knew all the words I got, she said. “I was in the moment. Reading is how I learned vocabulary.” In rounds one and two, the spellers breezed through words like “selfish,” “deaf,” “ivory” and “pouch.” In the third round, Pau-Wa-Lu student Patrick Voss stumbled on “scarecrow,” but caught himself and was able to stay in the competition. …

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