A Moment Of Boasting

I received an email from a relative on my mother’s side of the family announcing:

KATHRYN SACKINGER, the daughter of R. Bruce Sackinger and the granddaughter of William M. and Patricia Sackinger of Fairbanks, Alaska, has become the Champion Speller of the State of Oregon for 2004 and will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC on June 1-3, 2004.

For further information about her, see the webpage at Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Having just watched Spellbound last weekend, I’m pleased with the synchronicity of this news. I recommend the movie. It provides a slice-of-life glimpse into the lives of eight spellers. It also provides a bit of history about this uniquely American competition.

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