Judges get word wrong in spelling bee


by CNN


Posted on March 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 1:33 PM

SELMA, California -- People in one California school district are talking about the qualifying round of a middle school spelling bee.

This time it wasn't the contestant who got it wrong - but the judges. 

Sierra Shoemaker, 12, spelling the word "braille" correctly with two L's. But on the master spelling list, the word was spelled with only one.

Sierra was eliminated but graciously took home her second place trophy.

"I didn't really want to say anything because when the Word Master tells you you spelled a word wrong, you don't really want to argue with him,' Sierra said.

Soon after the spelling bee, Sierra got a phone call - it was the district apologizing.

Sierra will now represent her district at the 2013 Fresno County Spelling Bee.



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