Spelling Bee anyone?

  • Feb. 11, 2008 5:00 p.m.

Submitted article–A cozy community event that took place on an otherwise cold, snowy winter night at Port Clements Community hall. The annual Spelling Bee attracted all kinds of participants from the ones full of confidence to the shy, hesitant ones, and those coerced at the last minute with entry fees paid by bystanders who wanted a show. There was a feeling of comfort and of a community coming together to share an evening while supporting their children, grandchildren, or neighbours’ children. It is uncertain as to who were more nervous, the participants or the parents as they waited for the words to be called out. The audience breathed sighs of relief for each correctly spelled word and clapped with empathy and appreciation for those knocked out by an incorrectly spelled “tricky” word.The PAC hosted the event and provided deliciously decadent desserts to comfort or console the participants and the crowd. They also donated books from the next Scholastic Book order to the top students and all participants selected a book from the school’s book cabinet for having the courage to participate. The Haida Gwaii Literacy group donated book prizes as well. It was clearly evident students and parents practiced the word lists as it took some time to determine the winners in each category. Congratulations to all participants and the following winners:Grade One, Two, Three : 1ST Place Emma Mitchell, 2nd Place Bilal IssaGrade Four, Five: 1st place Dominique Hallberg, 2nd place Fergus WilsonGrade Six, Seven : 1st place Anders Hunter, 2nd Jayden BellisTeens: 1st place Hayden Waring, 2nd place Nathan BellisAdults: 1st place Alex Rinfret, 2nd Jenna PerryThank you to all who helped make this annual event such a success.