Regional Spelling Bee Competition Available on Carolina On Demand

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Remember the pressure of competing in your school’s spelling bee? For several area stellar spellers and their families, it will be an experience they won’t soon forget thanks to Time Warner Cable.

That’s because Time Warner Cable video-taped the recently held 72nd annual Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee and is making the competition available for viewing on Carolina On Demand (channels 199 and 1047) starting this Sunday, March 25. The program will be listed as “Spelling Bee” in the “All New” and “Education” categories.

Students from 32 school systems, including home schools, area private schools and charter schools (see list of students below), competed in the regional spelling bee. The winner of this regional competition is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in late May.

Bee words ran the gamut, from the fairly simple opening word "condor" to more challenging words such as “quisling" -- a Norwegian word for traitor—which popped up four words later. According to pronouncer Robin Richards, who has been reading words to local spelling bee contestants for nearly 20 years, there were also an unusual number of words this year of Japanese and Arabic origin.

Time Warner Cable digital cable customers who want to test their spelling acumen or simply watch their local spelling superstars shine in the spotlight can watch the competition on their schedule at no additional charge.