Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton
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Spelling Bee

Lori was telling me about how her contestant for the spelling bee failed, and it reminded me of my own spelling bee experiences.

Twice, I won the school spelling bee (once in 5th/6th grade, and once in 7th grade--I think those were the only years I was eligible) and studied and practiced to go to the district spelling bee. Both years, I was the penultimate contestant to be eliminated--neither winner nor runner-up, but best of the rest.

One of the words that I was eliminated on was "safeguard"; I got as far as "s-a-f-e-g-A" and realized I had screwed up.

The memory still stings--and it's been 21 years or more since that happened.
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