The following is the third in a series of columns leading up to the Literacy Volunteers of America 14th annual Spelling Bee for Literacy on May 2.
By RICK JOHNSON, Special to this newspaper
Last year I entered the Literacy Volunteers of America spelling bee representing the Imperial Irrigation District feeling pretty confident.
After all, I received a degree in literature, I write articles and I have even taught English in our public school system.
Sure, I received the study guide sponsored by the Birmingham Post Herald. In fact, it fit so nicely in my folder that that's where it remained. My first mistake came with my first word:
· im-pu-dence (adv.) — showing lack of respect
Although our team spelled the word correctly, we only received one point. It seems this word came from the "beginning" list. The following two teams were awarded three points each for spelling poin-set-ti-a and am-e-thyst. Obviously, the other teams were getting the "easy" words. So our team, consisting of myself, one of our foremen and a sophomore at Brawley Union High School, decided that we would ask for more "challenging" words. My second mistake came with our second word: