A spelling battle of the generations


April 26, 2017

EXPERIENCE COUNTS – Bill Manatt, standing, moderates a spelling bee between seniors and students held at the La Conner Retirement Inn on Monday. The contestants ranged in age from 11 to 111, and the senior citizens team had the high score. Both sides are looking forward to a rematch in the fall.                                                                                              – Photo by Maria Matson

About a month ago, La Conner Retirement Inn Activities Director BJ Johnson grabbed a nearby dictionary on a whim after she had an idea to put the residents’ spelling skills to the test.

“I was throwing words out there and they were spelling them all,” Johnson said. “I said, ‘my gosh, we’ve got to do something with this.’”

She asked the seniors if they would be up for a friendly spelling competition with any interested youngsters at the La Conner School District. The residents loved the idea, Johnson said.

On Monday, a dozen high school and middle school students walked down to the Inn to parti...

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