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Houston Matters Producers Square Off In A Spelling Bee — And It Doesn’t Go Well

As the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee approaches, Houston Matters producers try their hands at spelling some of the words from the competition.


A contestant onstage during the 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee.


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This Saturday, Houston Public Media will broadcast its annual Spelling Bee on TV 8, in which the area's best 12- to 14-year-old spellers will compete for a chance to represent the Houston region in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee.

We talk with Ernie Manouse, the host of this year's bee, and Connie Hill, Houston Public Media's spelling bee coordinator, about the competition. EVENT PHOTOS

Then, we hold a mini version of the bee here in our studio with Houston Matters producers Maggie Martin and Joshua Zinn facing off. (*Spoiler alert: the kids are better spellers.)Houston Public Media Spelling Bee 2018