Poems have been written about it. Songs have been sung to describe it. Plays have been performed to relive it. Tomorrow, we will host it! What is it? It’s the Spelling Bee.
The local spelling bee at DCS will involve students from nine different ACSI member schools. Five of the schools are in the Antelope Valley and the other schools are located in Lomita, Hesperia, and Banning.
The winners from our local spelling bee and eleven other local spelling bees that take place throughout southern California will compete at the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena on February 18. The winners from the regional bee advance to the ACSI National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. on May 12.
I am impressed by each student selected to represent their schools at this event, especially the Knights! Many of the participants engage in a significant amount of study to prepare for this competition. The Spell-Off that takes place after the grade-level contests is very exciting and a joy to attend. You’ll be enthralled if you watch the students apply what they’ve learned to spell many difficult words. You might become spellbound by it! See what I did there? That’s a pun. P…U…N. It is a noun. It means “the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words.” Thankfully, the students representing Desert Christian Elementary and Middle Schools will not limit themselves to 3 letter words. It’s very likely someone will be asked to spell a word like hippopotamus which, if this had happened to me in second grade, would have caused me to faint. It’s not a fear of spelling words that would have caused me to black-out, it would have been the crowd of people all intently staring me right in the eyes while I tried my best to spell very long words. By the way teachers, please do not ever ask me to spell a difficult word, like cymotrichous, which was an actual word at the Scripps National Spelling Bee last year, in front of your students. If you do, I might faint. If you cause me to faint, I will bring a hippopotamus, with a big red bow around its’ neck, to your home and tell your children, or grandchildren, that it’s their new pet and to take care of it in YOUR backyard until it is fully grown in 10 years.
Now, back to happier, hippopotamus-free thoughts! We are able to host this event every year because our staff members, parent volunteers, and volunteers from other schools make it possible. The entire team is led by Julie Shirar, Spelling Bee Chair and Vice Principal of DCES. Thank you, Julie, and our fantastic hardworking volunteers for making this a special day for our students and guests. Please note that the participants may not invent words as I did in the headline for the article.