Students show off skills at spelling bee

April 10, 2009 (CHICAGO) It was the first 'West Side Beat the Spelling' Spelling bee!

Students from 23 schools competed for the title of best speller. The students from the 3rd and 4th grade division.

The winner here was 4th grader Sherron Parker from Mae Elementary. She won a new computer.

Organizers came up with the spelling bee after someone remarked that kids have a difficult time spelling because they use so many short cuts when text messaging. They hope to make it an annual event.

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