‘Nuptials’ Trips Up Spelling Bee Hopeful

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From The Ludington Daily News
By Kevin Braciszeski

Mason County Central seventh-grader Brianna Wise completed the first two rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., this morning, but misspelled “nuptials” during her round on stage and may not advance to the third round. Wise is number 132 of this year’s 286 contestants in grades 5-8.

The schedule called for Wise to take the contest’s 25-question, written multiple choice test at 8:45 a.m. and then spell on stage between 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Contestants who pass those rounds will continue the competition into the afternoon. The results of the written test were not known before today’s deadline.

Tango’s Take Is this the state of affairs in our country? When a spelling genius from the Mason County can’t spell ‘nuptials’. Are marriages failing so dismally and people deciding not to get married at such a high rate that a girl who can probably spell ‘Diphtheria’ without batting an eye is stymied?

I just hope that this doesn’t cause the nightmare situation in which something that a child does cause the parents to get an a-n-n-u-l-m-e-n-t.

Also, we swear that the article said that the kids have a multiple choice written test portion. What happens there? ‘Pick the right spelling for a synonym to amorous: A) lecheris B) lecherus C) lecherous D) horny.

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