South Shore students place in spelling bee
Those were some of the words used in a first-place tie-breaker round at El Dorado County’s Annual Spelling Bee where, among 24 elementary schools, three South Lake Tahoe schools finished in the top four spots.
Those top finishers were among the third and fourth-grade student teams, crammed together in tight quarters at Emigrant Trail Educational Center in Pollock Pines on May 12.
People at the county spelling bee – which had four divisions depending on grade levels – described high tension. The drama has not been lost on Hollywood and the publishing world as both industries have used spelling bees as story lines.
Parent Steven McHugh, whose 10-year-old son Colton was on the fourth-grade team for the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, stated: “One could have cut the tension in the air with a knife as these hard-working young students carefully concentrated upon spelling out each word correctly.”
After the regular rounds finished in the third and fourth-grade division, three schools had perfect scores: the magnet school, Sierra House and Indian Creek Elementary.
The magnet school survived the tie-breaking round unscathed and thus earning first-place marks. Another tie-breaker round occurred to determine the second-place winner, which went to Indian Creek.
Sierra House took third place while Bijou Community School grabbed fourth place.
Cindi Pastore, spelling bee teacher for the magnet school, attributed hardworking students who gave up their lunch period and arrived early at school to practice.
“They were just very dedicated,” Pastore said.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A newly formed Washoe Tahoe Housing Partnership will be coordinating a needs assessment and strategic plan this summer for local resident housing in the Incline Village and Crystal Bay areas of…