While the change in format has its critics who feel that if it’s a spelling bee, it should just be about spelling, Spelling Bee Director Paige Kimble defended the new reality.
“The reason for the change is all about extending the bee’s commitment to its purpose, which long has been not only to help students improve their spelling,” she said, “but also to increase the vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English usage.”
No pressure, of course, but ESPN is televising the finals scheduled for tonight. The winner gets a prize of $30,000 and an engraved trophy.
All that is fine, but there is a greater prize, not only for the winner, but for all the contestants — who, by the way, all happen to be winners.
Not only do they know how to spell “achievement.” They know what it means, too.