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They don’t need spell check

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

NYSSA – Tips for spelling guided students last week at the inaugural Malheur County Spelling Bee.

The emphasis was on “i before e except after c.”

There were thoughts on a possible silent e at the end of the word and “when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”

Students from around the county gathered at Nyssa Elementary School for the competition last Wednesday.

Adorned with numbers hanging from their necks, each rose from a chair, walked to the microphone and awaited a word. After hearing the word from a judge and also listening to the word used in a sentence, each student started ever so carefully an attempt to spell the word. Any mistake, even if corrected, bumped the student out of the . . .