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April 6th, 2008
04:26 PM ET

The Turner Spelling Bee

Yes, I had to wear a name tag.  No, it didn’t say “Dork.”

         Yes, I had to wear a name tag. No, it didn't say "Dork."

The last time I stood up and spelled at a microphone, I was in seventh grade.  I'd won the school and county competitions and moved up to the district level, where I was annihilated by some guy who walked in reading Kafka's "Metamorphosis."

I had to look up how to spell "Metamorphosis."

The Turner Executive Spelling Bee, in support of VOX, was a trip back in time.  The participants might've left grade school years (or decades) ago, but there were cupcakes and drink boxes to take us right back!  And the words?  Everything from "poinsettia" to "kamikaze."

In the end, I came in third place and had an AWESOME time doing it.  I also learned the hard way that "millennium" has two Ns.

We'd love to hear what word stumped you in your last spelling bee.  As for me, I'm gonna study like a seventh-grader for my next competition.  Watch out, Kafka.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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