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08/06/03 - Tyler

"Acquiesced" Winning Word In Spelling Bee

Wednesday, the best spellers from Tyler businesses were put to the test.

The Literacy Council of Tyler's Spelling Bee was a chance to be crowned champion, or to be embarrassed, in front of several hundred people. This annual event pits speller against speller, in a fun sort of way. The team from Cox Communications won the competition with the word "acquiesced," while in battle with the Pilot Club of Tyler. The whole competition lasted more than 20 rounds, the longest in the Literacy Council's history.

This year's spelling bee had visitors from abroad. A British television crew filmed the event, and even put their own team in the competition, perhaps as much as a gag as a real challenge.

They are apparently planning a part documentary, part spoof about America's love of spelling bees. The British documentary host, Daisy Constance, dressed as a Baywatch lifeguard. Another member of the British team was young Samir Patel from the Dallas area who dressed as an Ewok. He spelled every word perfectly. That's not surprising because he was third runner-up in this year's National Spelling Bee.

The third member of the team was a Tyler Morning-Telegraph reporter, who ended up misspelling a word.

Putting on for their cameras, Daisy put us on as well:

"Me and Samir were very good. Unfortunately, we had a "mole," a "plant," someone from your local newspaper, who unfortunately... I don't think they wanted us to win, because Samir and I spelled it correctly," she said.

Reporter: "Are you bitter?"

Daisy: "Absolutely not. I'm actually taking it very well."

The combination Tyler Morning-Telegraph/British team finished about the middle of the pack today. So did our KLTV team.

Reported by Morgan Palmer, mpalmer@kltv.com

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