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5-school bee was spellbinding

Five South Lake Tahoe elementary schools recently competed in the 22nd annual Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe Spelling Bee. The event was hosted by Tahoe Valley Elementary School and organized by Tahoe Valley teacher Cindy Gronwold.

After heated competition, first place was taken by the fourth-grade team from Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School.

The schools that participated included Bijou Community, Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet and Sierra House, Tahoe Valley and Zephyr Cove elementary schools. Each school produced spelling bee teams made up of students from grades three and four.



All five schools, teachers and assisting parents put in weeks of time and effort, and an excellent spelling bee resulted. These dedicated 9- and 10-year-old students competed in four regular rounds, and then in the tie-breaker for first place spelled words such as despair, nervous, scissors and column. Second-place tie-breaker words included such gems as aardvark and hallucination.

This contest was the most exciting one held in recent memory. After Sierra House and Bijou schools scored the exact same total score on two second-place tie-breaker round consisting of 10 words, it all finally ended in a “sudden death” overtime contest for second place. Finally, Sierra House prevailed with all five team members correctly spelling “locomotion.” Third place went to Bijou Community School. First, second and third-place team members were presented with a colorful yellow bumblebee trophy.



All the Lake Tahoe Unified School District teams will go to the El Dorado County Spelling Bee on Friday in Pollock Pines.


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