A nail-biter of a spelling bee

Published on February 22, 2014
Emily hynes finding out she's won The Telegram Spelling Bee
Keith Gosse photo


Can you spell I-N-T-E-N-S-E? Because that was the atmosphere at The Telegram Spelling Bee at Holy Heart auditorium on Saturday.


Grade 5 Holy Trinity Elementary student, Emily Hynes, thought she was knocked out twice but her competitor also got her word wrong. Emily then found herself going for the title with the word “Parabolic”.


It was one of the most intense spelling bee’s The Telegram has taken part in, judges said. When Emily finished spelling she said she wasn’t quite sure if she had it right nor not.


“I was like, she’s going to reach for the little ding dong thingy,” Emily said afterwards, referring to the bell a judge would ring of a speller got a word wrong. “I knew it but I almost thought it might have been a “u” instead of an “o” at first.”


Emily said she practised up to five pages of words a day preparing for The Telegram Spelling Bee. That prep work will come in handy for her next challenge. Emily now qualifies for the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.


Emily won $2000, a trophy and other prize for her impressive spelling abilities. The runners up - Erin Walters and Erin McDonald - got $500 each, as well. Fifty nine students took part.