My son's school had a spelling bee today. He's in second grade, and this is his first spelling bee. He won the class spelling bee last week, and today he was competing against 8 other kids to win the school spelling bee and to compete in the city-wide Hockey spelling bee, sponsored by the local hockey team.
I felt so nervous for the kids, and I didn't want any of them to miss. The first girl to get out almost cried, and I felt so badly for her. I think she got confused with the word "use" and started spelling you.
When they were down to three boys, my son got the word metal. The librarian who was conducting the spelling bee said a sentence with each word. So, with metal, she said something about being made of metal. I can't remember the exact sentence. I think my son heard "medal" and perhaps without giving the sentence too much importance, spelled "medal" instead of "metal."
So, he was out. I felt bad for him because he knew how to spell the word, but got confused with which one. The next boy had a similar situation. His word was "cell" and she said a sentence about looking at a cell under a microscope. He spelled "sell," and was out. Ouch.
So, my son got a ribbon for 3rd place and seemed fine with it. I'm very proud of him for that. (He won the pinewood derby for Cub Scouts this weekend, so you can't win them all.)