The News-Review will sponsor the 42nd annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 13th.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through March 2nd. The weekly word lists can also be accessed online at by entering “Spelling Bee” into the search field.

The county spelling bee champion will win a trophy and new computer system. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded through fourth place.

All public school, private school and home-schooled students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Students wishing to enter elimination rounds in their district must sign up with their school’s spelling bee coordinator. Home-schooled students should contact the home school spelling bee coordinator at 541-679-1251.

The county spelling bee coordinator may be contacted at Questions regarding the weekly word lists may be addressed to or to The News-Review at 541-229-4315.


Secrecy — The habit or practice of maintaining privacy or concealment. “Secrecy seems to be inherent in government administration.”

Solemn — Marked by full realization and acceptance of all that is involved. “Donald took a solemn oath on the Bible.”

ravenous. Craving for satisfaction or gratification. “The children tore into the meal with a ravenous hunger.”

Morbid — Abnormally susceptible to or characterized by gloomy or unwholesome feelings. “Unfortunately, some inventors are haunted by an almost morbid sense of guilt about the ways in which their inventions have been used.”

Acquaintance — Familiarity, experience. “Ruth developed an acquaintance with Tibetan musical tradition.”

Daffodils — Plants having flowers that have a large corona elongated into a trumpet. “These flowers blooming in the snow are daffodils and snowdrops.”

Superb — Stately, lordly. “The statue of the king conveyed his superb demeanor well.”

Evaluate — Examine and judge concerning the worth, quality, significance, amount, degree, or condition of. “The company sent Chris to evaluate the project’s potential for profit.”

Comprehend — See the nature, significance, or meaning of. “Although he had read every word of ‘Moby Dick,’ Stu failed to comprehend it.”

Analyze — Weigh or study (various aspects, factors, or elements) in order to arrive at an answer, result, or solution. “Deanne needed more information before she could analyze the lab report.”

Fraudulent — Characterized by or based on trickery or deceit, especially when involving misrepresentation. “The manufacturer was charged with fraudulent advertising.”

Pampero — A strong cold wind from the west or southwest that sweeps over the pampas of South America from the Andes. “The cattle were huddled together with their backs turned into the pampero.”

Turbulence — Highly irregular atmospheric motion characterized by rapid changes in wind speed and direction and the presence of up and down currents. “The captain warned the plane’s passengers to brace themselves for a patch of turbulence.”

Habitat — The place where a plant or animal species naturally lives and grows. “The government appropriated money to preserve the natural habitat of the endangered species.”

Tundra — A treeless plain characteristic of arctic and subarctic regions with a permanently frozen subsoil. “Do reindeer graze on the moss of the tundra?”

Horizon — The point where the Earth appears to meet the sky. “Stan thought he saw an airplane on the horizon.”

Geography — The descriptive science that deals with the surface of the Earth and its features. “Chelsea was surprised by how much she learned about geography in her history class.”

Plateau — Land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side. “The Columbia lava plateau is located in eastern Washington and Oregon.”

Nugget — a lump; especially: a lump of gold. “Adrian kept a gold nugget as a good-luck charm.”

Oasis — A small isolated fertile area that is surrounded by general barrenness and typically marked by trees or other greenery and that has a water supply. “The caravan rested for two days in the oasis.”

Precipice — A very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place (as the face of a cliff). “Just looking down from the precipice made Gloria dizzy.”

Sardine — Any of several small or immature fishes preserved for food. “The only way to entice the frightened cat from under the porch was to offer him a sardine.”

Caramel — A firm chewy candy often containing fruits and nuts and typically cut into small blocks. “Ida’s mother warned her not to eat a caramel before she went to the orthodontist.”

Melba. —Fruit served with ice cream, raspberry sauce, and whipped cream. “The peach melba was served in a crystal goblet.”

Skewer — A metal or wood pin used for holding meat while roasting. “Maggie put pieces of steak and vegetables on the skewer.”

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