We had no idea what to expect in a lot of regards: How many kids was he up against? How long would it take? What would happen if he did happen to win?
We walked in, and registered him at 5:45. Since he's an Apel, he was #1.
The program answered that he was against 29 students.
Practicing moving the microphone up and down:
During the Spelling Bee they wouldn't let us take photos.
Mica's the third one in the back. That's as close as I could get.
He went through the written round. It was nerve racking because he was not asked a single word on his study packet. The packet was pages long, and he knew every word from it. We're still wondering if he even got the correct packet to study from.
Mica sat there with his hands folded, and two of his fingers crossed. He was just hoping they'd call his name off.
They called Mica's name!
Oral Round 1:
Again there were no words called off from the pages of words he knew.
I don't even remember the word on this round. He did get it right!
Oral Round 2:
Another word not from the packet. The word was Automaton.
Mica had the guy say the word 4 times. I was thinking, What in the heck is Automation anyhow? I had no idea how I'd spell it.
He spelled it right!
Oral Round 3:
Another word not from the packet. The word was Stipple.
I know what stipple is. I'm an art teacher, my Dad was an art teacher. It's an image done in dots. I was thinking, An easy word. You've got this Mica.
He spelled, Stiple - Incorrect.
He was in 10th place.
Mica's in 5th grade. He beat out some middle schoolers. We're super proud of him. He felt like the whole thing was unfair. Many acted as though they knew the words. Much like he knew his whole packet. We're still wondering if he got the right packet to study from, or not. It is what it is. I said, "At least you don't have to study for another Spelling Bee this year." He said, "True!" I said, "Maybe you can kick my butt in Scrabble. Now you know so many words, beating me is a given." He said, "Mom you know I don't care for that game." I said, "You can give it a chance though."
He was really worried about what kids at school would say. I said, "You got further than any other kid at your school. You were their star when you won the all school Spelling Bee. Plus your teacher said you got farther than anyone at your school in history! Don't worry about it! You did your best." He said, "True." He was happy to show off his medal the next day. All the kids wanted to see it.