Local editorial: All spellers at County Bee were champions
In a day when most kids can text faster than they can talk, with no regard to grammar or spelling, it was nice to see students during the Yavapai County Spelling Bee Wednesday correctly spell words that would trip up many well-read adults.
All of the students who gathered at Franklin Phonetic School auditorium already were champions. They had won their school bees at public, private, charter and home schools throughout the county.
If you talk to any one of these excellent spellers, you'll find that most, if not all of them also are excellent readers. They can picture those words in their heads, or sound them out, because they've seen most of them at one point or another in their reading.
Technology is advancing at a dizzying pace, but nothing will ever take the place of a good book, whether we read it in traditional form or on an electronic reading device such as Kindle. Students still need to learn to read well, and they need to be able to spell.
That's why events such as spelling bees are so valuable. It gives students a fun, competitive motivation to learn.
Congratulations to all of the contestants in the 2009 Yavapai County Spelling Bee - keep on spelling, and reading, well.