June 14, 2003 in Entertainment


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I don’t remember entering any spelling bee contest when I was younger, but apparently 9 million children do each year. Of those 9million, 249 win regional contest and are offered the chance to compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee held in Washington DC each spring. Spellbound a documentary movie I saw last night “follows eight boys and girls of various ages, backgrounds, and social classes as they chase the same dream: winning the 1999 National Spelling Bee.” Very cute. If you have a chance, and want to get a peak into this world or better yet relive your own spelling bee memories, go see the movie. It’s amazing to see how much time and energy these kids put into chasing this almost elusive dream.

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