GFWC Vernon Township Woman’s Club
General Federation of Women’s Clubs
Vernon, New Jersey
BY JANET REDYKE (Advertiser News)
ROCKAWAY — In the age of spell check, it’s refreshing to know children still find it beneficial to learn their spelling words.
Roughly, 18 fourth-
Hossfield welcomed the group of about 45 and recapped the traditional spelling bee rules of asking for a word to be repeated, defined or used within a sentence. She also warned about the possible use of homophones, words like steel and steal or plane and plain. Hossfield explained to the group that she attended all the area spelling bees and combined their best ideas to make the Highlands District Bee into a well-
“There are no spelling losers today, everyone worked hard to attain your place in the competition,” Hossfield praised the youngsters. “If you miss a word, you will forever remember its spelling,” she said.
Hossfield joked with the group that her spelling bee nemesis was the word lackadaisical.
“I now know how to spell it but have probably never used the word,” she quipped.
Words like chorus, pesky and utensil peppered the rounds, as children misspelled more words, weeding the group to 10, seven then four and finally three participants.
The three regional winners will participate in the State Championship on March 4 at the NJSFWC Headquarters in New Brunswick.
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2017 Spelling Bee