31st annual Literacy Council Spelling Bee held in Longview

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Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 4:30 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2022 at 11:12 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Pine Tree Junior High in Longview was all abuzz Wednesday as it hosted the 31st annual Spelling Bee put on by the East Texas Literacy Council.

In the first round the words were no problem for 13 teams at the East Texas Literacy Council’s Spelling Bee, but as expected the words got tougher, starting with parasite.

“P-a-r-i-s-i-t-e,” Spelled Alishia Vidaurr with Pine Tree Schools.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Chancellor was next for Eastman Team one.

“C-h-a-n-c-e-l-o-r,” spelled Rachel De Santos.

“Eastman Team One is out,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Eastman Team Two got resuscitate.

“R-e-s-u-s-i-t-a-t-e,” spelled Kathy Adams.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Longview Greggton Rotary was given abhorrence.

“A-b-h-o-r-r-a-n-c-e,” spelled Chelsea Cace.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Longview News Journal received appellation.

“A-p-p-a-l-a-c-h-i-a-n,” spelled Yoleyne Romero.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

That was the wrong appellation. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church was charismatic.

“C-h-a-r-i-s-a-t-i-c,” spelled David Judd.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Texas Bank and Trust got interrogative.

“E-n-t-e-o-r-r-a-g-n-t-i-v-e,” spelled Chad Harkey.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Vera Bank got collegiality.

“C-o-l-l-e-g-i-a-l-t-y,” spelled Gordon Northcutt.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Longview Regional Medical Center got tracheotomy.

“T-r-a-c-h-e-t-o-m-y,” spelled Travis Sisson

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Longview ISD got aficionado.

“O-f-f-i-c-i-a-n-d-o,” spelled Amy Bruyere.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Christus Good Shepherd received proselytizer.

“P-r-o-s-c-i-l-l-i-t-i-z-e-r,” spelled Katie Jones.

“I’m sorry,” said Judge Kay Ray.

And then there were two: Komatsu vs Zonta, which went back and forth and back and forth, but with a misspelling the next team has a chance to spell it, and if correct gets one more word to spell correctly to win.

So, after about twenty minutes of that not happening for either side:

“I declare co-champions,” said Judge Kay Ray.

Hey, people had to go back to w-o-r-k.

The Bee for Literacy spelling bee is the second biggest fundraiser for the East Texas Literacy Council every year. The money goes to their services which include reading, writing, math, pre-GED and ESL.

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