Science fairs and spelling bees

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week we find many students involved in spelling bees and science fairs. Sometimes it takes an incentive to get them involved the first time. Many students realize that the incentive is prizes and that gets the fish on the hook.
Bless the teacher that gives extra credit, before or after the fact. Even for adults, sometimes the only incentive for doing anything additional is the overtime pay.
Children are no different, and thanks to a variety of organizations, new faces are lining up at the door, to give it a try. Thanks to volunteers, students get the encouragement they need to try it again next year.
A kind word can be just as wonderful as a prize and empower the youth to take that project a step further the following year.
Spelling bees are similar, in the same out-of-the-box kind of way. Often it takes a little encouragement or extra credit to try something new or put yourself out there, in front of your peers. It is impressive, with the younger set, to see them give it a try; no hard feelings, no big disappointment if it doesn’t work out.
Rumor has it that there were 68 kids at the spelling bee on Thursday at Los Alamos Middle School. Some that placed didn’t even think they had a chance. I also heard that some missed on purpose for whatever reason, but at least gave it a shot.

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