Celebrate good spelling, spellers
What do text messages, emails, tweets and letters home from college have in common? Misspellings. Writers are in a hurry. They're careless. Or maybe they don't know the difference between "their" and "there."
If all that worries you, meet Ian Bongalonta. The seventh-grader at West View Middle School in Goose Creek won Thursday's Spellbound! bee and an invitation to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Like a human "spellcheck," he breezed through obscure words, many of which have slipped into English usage from other languages (not just Filipino, Ian's native language).
And he overcame daunting competition from dozens of other middle school students representing their schools.
The Post and Courier and Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union sponsored the event, and in doing so, reaffirmed the importance of scholarship, concentration and hard work.
Competitors exhibited good sportsmanship, kindness and self-control.
No matter how you spell it, Thursday's Spellbound! event was inspiring, and Ian Bongalonta was in his m-é-t-i-e-r.