BY HARNOOR GILL
Grade 10 student
Christ The King Catholic Secondary
LET’S celebrate the upcoming spelling bee with joy and happiness by raising awareness about improving our vocabulary. So, let’s start off by learning what a spelling bee really is.
To be precise, the exact definition of a spelling bee defined by Google’s Dictionary is a spelling competition. Let’s discuss the importance of one of these and how spelling boosts learning as well as brain activity.
A spelling bee is a contest where the participants are asked to spell difficult words from a broad selection of vocabulary. At first, these words are known to the spellers as they come out of the book that is given to them. But after a couple of rounds in the bee, the words become more and more difficult as they start coming out of the dictionary. In order to be successful at this, you can’t really memorize a dictionary but what you can do is enhance your skills. This would include strategies, methods and lists in order to further develop these unique spelling skills. However, the most important thing to take away from a spelling bee is the experience of having fun in a learning environment!
I have personally participated in the spelling bee myself for a number of years and have won some in my journey as well. However, the spelling bee isn’t just about winning; it’s also about enjoying the opportunity of interacting with other kids your age and learning new vocabulary.
I remember that when I first participated in one of these I was overconfident and when I had gotten there, I got out on the third or fourth round. The next year, I tried a lot harder and I was one of the last four left on the stage. I can still recall the word that got me out in that round. When I first heard it, “autochthonous” I got scared and excited at the same time. I remembered that I had read about the word somewhere in Social Studies class but I couldn’t quite get the spelling in my head. I had stalled for time at that point a lot by asking for the pronunciation, the definition, having it in a sentence many times that it got to the extent that the word keeper told me it was time for me to spell it now. Then I decided to say, “A-U-T-O- … K … -T-H-O-N-O-U-S” and a brief moment later, the word keeper said, “INCORRECT.” I was sad that day but I decided that I still had a couple more years to win the competition. After that year, I won twice at 1st place and then in my last year I got 2nd place.
This year will be different for me when participating in the spelling bee because of the way I will be participating in it. I will be raising funding opportunities for my local Spelling Bee of Canada, the Spelling Bee of Milton, by asking various businesses to donate to it. By donating to the Milton Chapter, these various businesses will receive awareness for donating to a local event that benefits the town again, by educating their children.
Here’s a little spelling joke to keep everyone in the spirit of the spelling bees that are going to happen across the provinces and territories:
Student 1: Can you spell caterpillar for me?
Student 2: How long do I have?
Student 1: Why?
Student 2: I want to wait until he changes into a butterfly. I can spell that!
Student 1: (facepalm)
Until then, Spellers UNITE!