Spelling Be — er, Bee

Yesterday I was one of the judges for the Vermont State Spelling Bee and I was absolutely dazzled by the participants.

Granted the printed sign with the official Pronouncer’s name was spelled wrong — Prouncer — but once that little glitch was behind us, we were off and running.

Just for the record, I was also dazzled by Adam Silverman, the Prouncer — er, Pronouncer. I couldn’t have offered the alternate pronunciations.

I also wouldn’t have made it through the sixth or seventh round.  The Bee went eleven.

To get a sense of the Bee, here is a terrific Burlington Free Press video.


Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is the author of nineteen books, including his forthcoming novel, The Sleepwalker. His other novels include the New York Times bestsellers Midwives, The Sandcastle Girls, The Guest Room, and The Double Bind.