If you are over 40, you may have lamented at some point the changes that email and texting have wrought on grammar and spelling. The shorthand brought about by technology has people now using the language previously reserved for personalized license plates, with quick notes such as, “u r rt.”
But a group of students representing Durham and Orange counties last weekend in the fifth annual Duke Regional Spelling Bee should put to rest that spelling is becoming a lost art.
The final three standing were from Durham Public Schools. The winner, Bettie Closs, is a fifth-grader at Little River Elementary. Bettie, this week’s Grit Award winner, will now head to Washington, D.C., for the national bee. In addition to being a great speller, Bettie also is poised and quick with a comeback. When asked what it meant to win the regional bee, Closs responded: “E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.” To Bettie and all the students who made it to the regional bee, we say, “C-o-n-g-r-a-t-u-l-a-t-i-o-n-s.”