Local student knows how to spell success - Sentinel & Enterprise

Victoria Wang, a seventh-grader at Florence Sawyer School in Bolton, won the 2009 North Central Massachusetts Regional Spelling Bee at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Leominster Wednesday night. Full Story
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Baldwinville

Braintree, MA

#1 Mar 19, 2009
Isn't a woman's private sitting room a "boudoir", not a "boudior"?
editor

AOL

#2 Mar 19, 2009
Good thing the reporter and editor weren't contestants...
The kid got it right last night
Just Sayin

Essex, MA

#3 Mar 19, 2009
Okay. These kids did a great job, but its a little frustrating when the adults don't get things right for them.

The rules as printed in the program handed out to the audience were not the same as the rules applied by the judges for the tournament. This is not meant to take away from the hard work and excellence of the spellers, nor as an attack on the well intentioned adults trying to help the kids. But the details matter, and the championship procedure followed in the tournament was NOT the procedure outlined in the program.
My opinion

Gardner, MA

#5 Mar 19, 2009
It was a great event, however the number of parents who quickly ran to the judges to "appeal" when their child was eliminated was quite sad. If the child spells a word incorrectly, they are out. How about teaching children to lose gracefully and stay and applaud those who did win.
Proud Parent

United States

#6 Mar 19, 2009
Congratulations to all of the 26 contestants! Well done!
my2cents

Leominster, MA

#7 Mar 19, 2009
What a great community event! The students deserve applause for their hard work. These kids are our future and what a wonderful way to show off their talent. Congratulations to Victoria for a great win! And I am so proud of the youngsters who took 2nd and 3rd place - way to go Emily and Shale!

Thank you Sentinel & Enterprise for organizing the Spelling Bee!
lancaster

Clinton, MA

#8 Mar 19, 2009
Boudoir was spelled incorrectly in the article. Also note the syntax of the following paragraph:

"Wang's mother, Yan Rong, said she "nearly had a heart attack" watching her daughter compete from the audience."

Reads as though the daughter competed from the audience.
a comment or two

Leominster, MA

#9 Mar 19, 2009
The reporter did a great job, writing a nice story on a short deadline.
As to the spelling bee... a great event...thank you Sentinel & Enterprise for continuing to give children this opportunity. In these difficult times it is nice to see money being spent on the kids...our future.
Additionally, as an attendee of the bee I was disappointed that the judges did not seem to know the rules and that some rules were applied inconsistently. They denied all appeals, but of their own accord threw out some words, recalled spellers, repronounced words for some, but not others. The appeals I saw were ALL justified-the pronouncer did well, but did make errors. The parents had to be "quick" because you had to appeal before the round was over or lose the opportunity.
Just Sayin

Essex, MA

#10 Mar 19, 2009
My opinion wrote:
It was a great event, however the number of parents who quickly ran to the judges to "appeal" when their child was eliminated was quite sad. If the child spells a word incorrectly, they are out. How about teaching children to lose gracefully and stay and applaud those who did win.
One of the appeals was successful, although we were not told why. The rules allow for such appeals, because getting it right is important for these kids who worked so hard. On another occasion, the pronouncer in fact did mispronounce one of the words when she used it in a sentence. She repeated it correctly several times when she she officially pronounced it, so perhaps that is why the judges denied that particular appeal. Again we don't know.

I guess we can debate whether the rules should permit an appeal. After all, we don't have instant reply in little league. But as long as the appeal is available, I see nothing wrong with parents teaching a value as important as losing gracefully --getting it right.
Eagle721

Leominster, MA

#12 Mar 19, 2009
I would like to congratulate the winner and everybody who participated in the spelling bee.Especially my friend Emily,who came in 2nd place.Good job:)!
Dora the explora

Boston, MA

#13 Mar 19, 2009
Could not said it better myself. My child walked off with head up high. It was an accomplishment just to make it that far. Congrats to Victoria...Make us proud.
My opinion wrote:
It was a great event, however the number of parents who quickly ran to the judges to "appeal" when their child was eliminated was quite sad. If the child spells a word incorrectly, they are out. How about teaching children to lose gracefully and stay and applaud those who did win.
Dora the explora

Boston, MA

#14 Mar 19, 2009
Get a life! It was a great night.
lancaster wrote:
Boudoir was spelled incorrectly in the article. Also note the syntax of the following paragraph:
"Wang's mother, Yan Rong, said she "nearly had a heart attack" watching her daughter compete from the audience."
Reads as though the daughter competed from the audience.
Dora the explora

Boston, MA

#15 Mar 19, 2009
Just stop. There was no beating Victoria. She was amazing and these comments sound like sour grapes.
I would like to see her take the whole thing. Go Victoria!!!!
a comment or two wrote:
The reporter did a great job, writing a nice story on a short deadline.
As to the spelling bee... a great event...thank you Sentinel & Enterprise for continuing to give children this opportunity. In these difficult times it is nice to see money being spent on the kids...our future.
Additionally, as an attendee of the bee I was disappointed that the judges did not seem to know the rules and that some rules were applied inconsistently. They denied all appeals, but of their own accord threw out some words, recalled spellers, repronounced words for some, but not others. The appeals I saw were ALL justified-the pronouncer did well, but did make errors. The parents had to be "quick" because you had to appeal before the round was over or lose the opportunity.
Victoria Wang

Sterling, MA

#16 Mar 19, 2009
Thanks to all of you who commented, the newspaper, my teachers, parents, and friends. I had so much fun and it was a nice experience. And, yes, they did spell boudoir wrong in the article, but it's understandable, since they were able to do such a good job in such a short time!
J 11 years old

Leominster, MA

#17 Mar 19, 2009
I thought it was outstanding!
My cousin came in 2nd place.
I still wish she could have won and gone to DC but you can't win them all. Our school is proud of her there was lots of cheering on our bus. The school was even louder.
Angela and Albert Rong

Cape Coral, FL

#18 Mar 19, 2009
GREAT JOB!!!!!!Break a leg!!!!!!
Keep on studying!!!!!
Victoria Wang

Sterling, MA

#19 Mar 19, 2009
haha, thanx! yeah, Emily was amazing!
Rhetoric

Worcester, MA

#20 Mar 19, 2009
Victoria Wang wrote:
haha, thanx! yeah, Emily was amazing!
Good luck. Just curious. Did you know the word Emily went out on?
Max

Templeton, MA

#21 Mar 19, 2009
Boudoir not boudior.
Victoria Wang

Sterling, MA

#22 Mar 19, 2009
Yeah, it was kasha, but she spelled it k-o-s-h-a. Not to brag or anything, but I knew every word in the bee...my parents worked me hard....

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