It’s been one of those hectic weeks (they all are!) so I thought I’d post a vintage photo of myself from 1989. I was 13 years old and in the 8th grade. I had won my school spelling bee, which resulted in me taking this picture with all the town’s school winners. I don’t remember taking this picture at all!But I vividly remember going to Regionals and placing 11th out of hundreds of kids. I was extremely disappointed to learn that all of the words that we would be asked to spell came from an official National Spelling Bee book. No one told me what to expect, much less prepare me for the competition. I presumed that we would randomly be given words straight out of a dictionary and there was no way I would be able to memorize the dictionary, so why bother? I didn’t prepare at all. Had I studied correctly, I am certain I would have made it in the Top 5, certainly Top 10 since I was one away…with zero prep.
The word I misspelled was ‘caliginous.’ I spelled it “colleginous.” I think it was pretty ‘genius’ of me to get close. So close! I was very bummed.
I seriously have dreams of Franco competing in the National Spelling Bee.
Finally, if you haven’t seen it, the movie Spellbound about a bunch of genius kids competing in the National Spelling Bee is one of my favorite documentaries. It’s hilarious and gripping and totally wild.