PASO ROBLES — The Optimist Club held its annual Spelling Bee on a clear cool morning in Downtown Paso Robles. Vendors, some from the Los Angeles area, were setting up early in the morning to sell their wares at the Honey Oak Festival in the Downtown City Park on Oct. 27. The Spelling Bee was held in the gazebo in the park with the action of the Honey Festival going on around it.
The club contacted all six Paso Robles elementary schools, but just three sent students to the third-grade spelling bee. The contest was split into two parts, with the first group spelling at 10:30 a.m. and the second group spelling at 12:30 p.m. In between, the students were served a wonderful lunch of pizza and chicken provided by the Optimist Club.
The children assembled at the park gazebo and began spelling words given by members of the Paso High School Junior Optimist Club.
The first contest had two winners, a boy and a girl. Both made it through all the third-grade words and more than half of the fourth-grade words. It was so close, the Optimists decided to award bikes to both spellers. The top finalist was Xien Ferrer. A local boy who likes reading, working in his fifth-grade workbook, playing with his Rubik’s Cube, and watching “Spongebob Squarepants.” Xien was proud to win first place. When asked if he liked the bike he had just won, he said he already had one, but when the emcee asked if he could have it instead, Xien was quick to say “no!”
Two girls won additional bikes in the second spelling session and another girl won the dance contest. In all, five donated bicycles were given away by the Optimist Club.
“Thank you to all the participants and sponsors who made this event such a great success,” the Optimist Club stated.