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ONE IN 235 TOP U.S. SPELLERS
County Spelling Champion's Back
After Competing In National Bee
BY SUSAN USHER
Caroline Sheffield of Tarhccland
Acres didn't return from Wash
ington, D.C., as
the new national
pion, but she
still returned a
better for the
weren't going to
SHKKK1KLD gcl first place,"
the 13-year-old Shallottc Middle
School eighth grader said Monday.
"We considered ourselves winners
already, as one of the speakers told
And they were winners, consider
ing that the 235 finalists in the
Scripps Howard National Spelling
Bee came from a starting lineup of
literally several million students in
fifth through eighth grades. "First
there are several million, then 235,
then 1," she said.
Caroline ended her spelling bcc
career with a stronger vocabulary, a
bevy of new friends, a week's worth
of Washington, D.C., memories, and
In preparing for the nationals she
learned a valuable lesson, "how to
dedicate yourself to something day
and night, if you really want it."
She went down last Wednesday,
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June 2, on her first word, "debride
ment," the surgical excision of dead
or contaminated tissue from a
wound. The second syllabic is pro
nounced "bieed," which is the way
Caroline spelled it.
Caroline was speller No. 4 and
saw the ranks thin quickly in a tough
first round. "They knocked out three
of the first four contestants with
medical and scientific terms," she
After taking some time away
Wednesday, she returned to the audi
torium Thursday to watch the final
rounds of the bee.
"Most of the words were not diffi
cult if you had studied them," she
She noted that her mother re
minded her later that she had studied
"debridement" early in her prepara
tions and apparently forgotten it. "I
just couldn't see it," the visual learn
Caroline didn't let an early finish
in her spelling ruin her first trip to
the nation's capital. She was accom
panied by Debbie Lemon, Bruns
wick County Spelling Bee director,
Marybcth Bianchi, feature editor of
The State Port Pilot, a bee sponsor,
and her mother. She concentrated on
making the most of the week-long
trip she'd won, joining four lengthy
tours provided bee participants, in
cluding visits to the Baltimore
Aquarium, the Smithsonian and his
torical sites. "I really appreciated
Accompanied by her mother,
Caroline, who hopes to have a ca
reer related to the visual arts, also
visited several art museums and gal
Lemon said the local delegation
stood in line three hours and got
tickets for the regular White House
lour. The VIP lour for spellers was
eliminated several years ago.
"We wore jeans and sweatshirts
ihc whole time," said Lemon. "It
was a good thing it wasn't 95 dc
10:00 AM SATURDAYS
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grccs. Wc walked about 10 miles a
Along with sightseeing and
spelling, Caroline made new friends
among fellow spellers, collecting
autographs and in some cases ad
dresses and telephone numbers of
"about 150 or so."
"Everyone's goal was to get all
235 signatures," she said.
She described the spelling compe
tition as "healthy," with the contes
tants supportive of each other. "1
don't recall anyone who was jealous
of someone. If you got that far you
had done a good job. It was a chance
to sec what the cream of the cream
Most of the thousands of words
Caroline studied in preparing for the
bee arc real to her now, she said.
"They've become a part of my vo
After a hectic week in Washing
ton, surrounded by crowds of main
ly young people, Caroline said she
was a little disoriented on her return
to the slower pace and quiet of
nc exhilarating trip to Washing
ton, she said, was a good way to end
eighth grade. After a few weeks of
summer vacation, Caroline leaves
for Winston-Salem and the N.C.
School of the Arts, where she has
been acccptcd for a five-week sum
mer session studying the visual arts.
Like the spelling bee, it's another
opportunity to challenge herself to
personal excellence, and to be en
couraged and inspired to greater ef
fort by her peers.
"When you see someone doing
well, it makes you want to do that
too, to sec how well you can do,"
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