A couple of years ago he also won his school spelling bee and got to go to region. That time he got out on the first round, misspelling "totem." Of course he knew how to spell it but the letters came out fast and he missed one. It was super disappointing for him--really for all of us because we knew how hard he studied. A lot of good lessons can be learned from losing, however, one being, "you'll survive."
He did and this year, after winning his Jr. High bee, he got another shot at Region. He was number 71 of 79 kids participating. The first round was torture because a lot of kids were getting out -- mostly tripping up over their letters, and I was so nervous for Marty. His first word was "daffodil." He took his time, asked for a definition and spelled it perfectly.
Other words be got were, "belligerent," "capricious," "waterzooi," "eocene," "wedel" (tricky because it's pronounced "vaydl," but we'd studied that one and I knew he could do it). Can't remember the others.
|Marty is the 2nd kid (tallest one).|
Of course it was disappointing to Marty to get out. His last word was, "monoecious." Being so unfamiliar a word and not being on the study guide, it was a killer. But we are super proud of him and how hard he worked and I think he's pretty proud of himself too. Way to go, Marty!