Scripps Spelling Bee

As a Nebraskan, I’m very excited to see that Jenny Solheim of Westside Middle School in Omaha has made it to the 6th round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee! She did not make it on to round 7, unfortunately, but she was among the top-26 national finalists, a terrific performance. Congratulations to Jenny and her family. I think all the kids who get that far deserve a major prize, not to mention great celebration. What if we treated these intellectual achievements the way we treat achievement in sports? I love sports and am glad we promote and celebrate them, but just imagine if we did something comparable with academics…

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