May 28, 1998 |
Drew Alvarez, an eighth grader from Germantown, Tenn., cannot speak, but that does not keep him from spelling. With the aid of a modified electronic dictionary developed by Burlington Township-based Franklin Electronic Publishers, Drew, 14, took off for the 71st annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, which began yesterday and was scheduled to end today. He used the handheld device, which he calls "Frankie," to spell out words, as he did to win the mid-South regional spelling competition and advance to the finals.
July 17, 1992 |
FAIR IS FAIR Fay Vincent realigned four teams in the National League, saying it was in the best interest of baseball. To make things even fairer, he announced that he's studying the possibility of allowing the Phillies four outs an inning. NAME GAME Republican leaders had mixed reaction to the naming of Sen. Al Gore as Democratic candidate for vice president. Although his name is short and should pose no real problem if Dan Quayle was asked to spell it, it does have a tricky "e. " BAD JUDGMENT A report out of L.A. says that Daryl Gates had a secret police force that spied on celebrities like Robert Redford, Connie Chung and Tommy LaSorda.
April 11, 1991 |
Colonial Middle School sixth-grader Matthew Goldich gobbled up tortilla and recovered from beriberi. He skewered brochette, trod over whorlywort (a coiled plant root) and didn't blush at miniaceous (a reddish color). If dorsiferous hadn't been such as backbreaker, Goldich might have been one of the youngest entrants in the national spelling bee in Washington next month. Instead, Goldich came in second in a regional semifinal competition held Friday at Norristown High School that was won by eighth-grader Jayatri Das of Upper Merion Middle School.
May 30, 2008 |
A home-schooled Chester County eighth grader is one of 45 National Spelling Bee contestants who will compete in today's nationally broadcast semifinals - and possibly tonight's prime-time finals. Meghan Reynolds, 14, of Landenberg, spelled duende correctly in the fourth and last of yesterday's preliminary rounds of the 81st annual bee in Washington to qualify for today's competition. Duende means the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm, according to Merriam-Webster online.
March 30, 2006 |
How do you spell irresistible? Another iridescent tile in the spelling-bee-as-metaphor-of-America mosaic, Akeelah and the Bee is an endearing inspirational of an 11-year-old abecedarian from South Central Los Angeles who wins her middle-school contest and can't imagine that she'll advance to the regionals, let alone the nationals, of what might be called the Orthographic Olympics. Imagine The Karate Kid hooking up with Boyz N the Hood and spawning Girlz and the Word. As Akeelah Anderson, the underachiever fearful of being branded a brainiac by sister seventh graders, Keke Palmer soars, carrying writer/director Doug Atchison's film on new 'tween wings.
April 28, 2006 |
How do you spell irresistible? Another iridescent tile in the spelling-bee-as-metaphor-of-America mosaic, Akeelah and the Bee is an endearing, inspirational tale of an 11-year-old abecedarian from South Central Los Angeles who wins her middle-school contest and can't imagine that she'll advance to the regionals, let alone the nationals, of what might be called the Orthographic Olympics. Imagine The Karate Kid hooking up with Boyz N the Hood and spawning Girlz and the Word.
March 29, 2000 |
In this equestrian competition, youths don't have to worry about warming up their horses or making them jump. But they do need to know how to warm them up, and the maximum height a horse can jump. Youngsters and young adults study these fine points and others to prepare for the so-called "Know-Down" quizzing competitions, sponsored by a national equestrian organization. Members of the Radnor Hunt Pony Club, made up of children and young adults up to age 21, clinched victories this month in a regional Know-Down competition that had participants from a dozen other pony clubs.
October 22, 1995 |
The stakes were high for the 10 participants in the spelling bee at the police substation in Delsea Estates, with the teams, the Angels and the Eliminators, battling for the ultimate prize - a pizza party. With his team down by three points, Brian Marshall, 12, of the Eliminators, was up against Sheronda Smith, 11, of the Angels. The word: century. Brian's guess, "centery," gave Sheronda the floor. She spelled it correctly, and the Angels took the point. The Eliminators, in Brian's words, "got eliminated.
August 4, 2009 |
What a rook! Instead of fireworks last night on Jon & Kate Plus 8, you got all the excitement of a spelling bee. The show was returning after a long hiatus that was engendered by the couple's breathlessly reported decision to separate. The expectation was that the new episodes would delve into the bitter unraveling of the Gosselins' marriage, the fairy-tale-gone-sour scenario that has made them tabloid staples. But in back-to-back episodes, we hardly saw Jon and Kate together.
April 12, 1991 |
As he was helping to put up the tents, Ben kept anxiously asking, "Are we really gonna sleep there?" He had never gone camping in the woods, and he was pretty sure a bear lurked behind every tree, waiting for him to have breakfast. In the morning, Ben, who is 11, marveled at the way the food was cooked, with a grill rack and holes punched in aluminum foil. He ran to get more wood and then sat eating the fried potatoes, bacon and eggs as if they were a feast for the gods. When the squirrels started throwing nuts on his head, his laughter brought happy smiles to his foster parents' faces.