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Schools do well in spelling bee

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Provided to the Tribune The South Tahoe Middle School team includes, front row, from left, spelling bee coach David Berne, Ross Kovac and Lucian Bedard. In the back row are Sara Ortega, Michelle Tranate, Rose Campion, Colton McHugh and coach Debbie McHugh.

On May 16, fifth- and sixth-graders from 30 El Dorado County schools competed in the 28th annual Spelling Bee at Pollock Pines. Two South Shore teams came home with second-place wins.

South Tahoe Middle School’s sixth-grade spelling bee team, after a tie-breaker round with great tension in the air, finished with a very impressive second place.

Words this year included such tricky doozies as “opossum,” “quell” and “outrageous.”

The other South Lake Tahoe schools, Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, Bijou Elementary, Tahoe Valley and Bijou schools, also finished in the top 10.

Tahoe Valley Elementary’s third- and fourth-grade division took second place on two separate occasions. In April, the groups won a trophy at the district bee sponsored by local Kiwanis. On May 17, they tied for first place in the county Spelling Bee in Pollock Pines. After a challenge round, they had secured second place.

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