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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
Biggest news first!
Evan (10, 4th grade) competed this week in the Regional Charter School spelling bee and WON! He competed against 12 other 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from 5 schools. This win qualified him for the Winston-Salem Journal (the local newspaper) Regional spelling bee in March. Whoever wins that one goes to Washington, DC, for the National Spelling Bee.

Realistically, his chances are slim. Contestants can be in up to the 8th grade and under 16. He is in the 4th grade and 10. He hasn't really studied to get where he is so far, but he will have to if he wants to advance any further. He has tons of natural ability, mostly because he loves to read so much and because of his love of science. He said before this last bee, "I didn't get myself into this mess!" Meaning, he didn't ask to be advanced just because he spelled better than the others in his class. His heart wasn't in it then, but he kind of enjoyed the recognition he's gotten after winning this bee, so he may decide to put some effort into it after all. We've decided to encourage him to study, but not to force him to. If he wins, we're going to DC, if he doesn't, we'll get there someday, whether it is through spelling or not. Now the pics.

Spelling a word correctly!

All three finalists were from our school!

The proud champion's best attempt at suave and debonair.

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schmimi From: schmimi Date: January 14th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I meant to mention this to you when you first posted about Evan's spelling bees, but now I can't remember if I did or not, so I agologize if I'm repeating myself.

I don't know if you and/or Allie enjoys fiction, but if you do, I'd recommend picking up a copy of "Bee Season", a novel by Myla Goldberg. It's about an eleven year old girl who demonstrates an remarkable aptitude for spelling bees, and is a coming of age novel, a fascinating look into the world of spelling bee competitions, and an exploration of Jewish mysticism. (That might turn you off, but I found it contained many elegant and insightful insights into the relationships between God and language in a manner that was reverent and respectful.)

Oh, and Evan is darling. He really is. I know you are proud of him and you have every reason to be!

tinamarie From: tinamarie Date: January 14th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations to Evan!
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: January 20th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a cool dude if I ever saw one!!!
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