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June 04, 2014- Community Briefs

Two participate in National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two students from Okanogan Country participated in the early rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28-29.

Emily Schneider, a seventh-grader at Omak Middle School, spelled her way through three rounds of the competition but bowed out in the fourth round semifinals test.

The first round consisted of a test, with rounds two and three consisting of spelling rounds and vocabulary tests.

Schneider correctly spelled “tarragon” in the second round and “sorbefacient” in the third. She tied for 47th place.

He made it through the first round vocabulary test, but stumbled on “tokamak” in the second round, incorrectly spelling it as “tockamac.” He tied for 258th.

Schneider qualified for the national bee by winning the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee.

Her winning word was “incursion.” Walling won the Ferry County competition with “crochet.”

Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, N.Y., and Asun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, tied for first place in the competition.


Pit house opens in Twisp

TWISP – After two years, an authentic pit house has been completed outside the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, 210 Fifth Ave.

“As I’m writing this, a group of young people from the Paschal Sherman Indian School are roasting marshmallows inside the just-completed pit house at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center,” Director Carolyn Schmekel wrote in an email last Wednesday.

A pit house is a winter dwelling, partially underground with a conical roof made of wood.

Paschal Sherman students will visit the pit house again at 1 p.m. today for an open house celebration featuring drumming, regalia, speeches and awards, Schmekel said.


Lantrip touts Honor Flight program

OMAK — Jim Lantrip will give a presentation on the Honor Flight program for veterans during the Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club meeting at noon June 26 at Koala Street Grill, 914 Koala Ave.

He recently accompanied his brother, a World War II veteran, on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

“I want to do whatever I can to make these veterans aware of the honor flights,” he said.

The trips are available at no cost to the veterans. World War II and Korean War veterans make up the bulk of those who go on the trips.

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