The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
There are those days when I have trouble spelling “paralegal” myself, along with simpler words like “blue” and my name. So I have nothing but the utmost admiration for those stellar baby spellers who make it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After all, I was the kid who got knocked out of my elementary school’s spelling bee by the word “ugh”. Ugh.
An 11-year-old Beavercreek boy misspelled the word “paralegal” during the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday morning, May 27.
Sawyer Krueger, son of Donna and Todd Krueger and a home-schooled fifth-grader, was one of 293 spellers at the bee — the largest number in bee history. During his turn at the podium, he added an “i” to the word, spelling it “parilegal.”
The word means, “a trained aide who assists a lawyer.”
The results of his first turn at the podium, however, may be irrelevant — he’ll combine those results with the results of a 50-word written test that he took Tuesday and a second turn on stage Wednesday to determine whether he’ll proceed to the second day of the bee. Sawyer, a home-schooled fifth grader, is sponsored by the Dayton Daily News.
Sawyer gets another chance, which makes this former spelling geek happy. (I weep with joy every single time I watch Akeelah and the Bee.) Because there’s simply no justice when a child’s spelling dreams are ended by the word “ugh”.