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My State Spelling Bee experience

By Amrith Krishnan

June 1, 2010

The night before the State Spelling Bee, I was nervous. What if I made a silly mistake? What if I lost on the first round? What if I got the word floccinaucinihilipilification? That night, I went to sleep, wondering what would happen the next day.

The next morning, I woke up bright and early. We went to Sonoma State University, where the Bee was being held. I ate a quick breakfast, and then went inside. My teacher was already there, ready to cheer me on.

The Sonoma State Superintendent introduced all the spellers, and a short video was shown about the rules. Then, we sat down in our assigned seats. I was, luckily, in seat number 31. At the County Bee, I had been assigned to seat number one.

The Spelling Bee had begun! We had two short breaks, one after round 2 and one after round 4. By now, there were about 25 people left. The words that we got became more difficult, and finally, on round 5, I got the word ergonomics. I had never heard of the word before, so I spelled it e-r-g-e-n-o-m-i-c-s because the spell master pronounced it “erg-u-nom-iks.”

After I lost, I went back to my seat to watch the finalists battle for the trophy. Finally, a bright home-schooled 6th grader won on the word gorgonize after sesquicentennial. I felt bad at first, but later I realized that I had come very far from the classroom spelling bee last November.

At the end of the bee, the spell master told us some fun facts. Out of almost 470,000 6th grade spellers across California, I had achieved 13th place! I left Sonoma happy and content because I had given it my best effort.

Amrith Krishnan is a 6th grader at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont. After placing first at the Fremont elementary school level, he participated in the Alameda County and then the State Spelling Bee.

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