Hi, I'm Nejat! I'm 14 years old and have loved spelling since I was little. I need your help!
Last year, I made it to the National Spelling Bee competition in Washington, DC. To try to improve my finish, I fell short, and got second place at my regional spelling bee, last March. I know how hard it feels. How it feels to spell that last word, and know that it all ends here. Some you may be able to understand.
Eighth-grader spellers, all over the country, are ending their years, on a sad note. Why? Well, at the end, there can only be one winner. We are forced to drop our spelling lives once our year ends, and have to jump into a whole new atmosphere, high school. We need your help to let us keep spelling!
Having spelling bees end in eighth grade, leaves us on a cliff, with nothing to look forward to in high school. We would be forgotten of our spelling talents and all of our hard work would be thrown away.
Sports and other activities continue on into high school, why do spelling bees have to stop?
I think it's great that there are so many fun opportunities for kids in high school, and why not add spelling bees as a part of it? I bet fewer kids get hurt spelling than playing sports! (well, minus the stress and papercuts.) I just don't understand why Scripps is ignoring spellers like me, and that is why I started this campaign!
There needs to be a new type of competition brought to the table. There have been many other competitions and activities that have been revised and changed, so it isn't something that's never been done.
Sign and share this petition, as it will help spellers, like me, continue our love for spelling!
Use the shorter link! Change.org/SpellingBee
I'm thankful for auto correct and spell-check, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't have a competition for high school students who would love the challenge.
- Scripps National Spelling Bee
Year after year, spelling bees open up eligibility until eighth grade. Why? Why should it stop there? Once spellers stop competing in eighth, they are left with the wonder of what they would do in the future. Not knowing what is to become of them in high school. Once they enter, all of their spelling studies and struggles wold be forgotten.
Other students have their sports and other activities they could take with them when they reach high school, but spellers don't.
Spelling bees aren't just about studying words late into the night, going up on stage nervously shaking, waiting for your word, and eyeing the trophy. Spelling bees are for learning words while having fun, and learning things that you'll treasure for the rest of your life. Having spelling bees in high school could let even more students, have this wonderful experience.
Instead of worrying about age and how the rules work, try thinking about the REAL goal of spelling bees.
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