The News-Review will sponsor the 43rd annual Douglas County Spelling Bee from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 at the Wildlife Safari’s Cheryl Ford Center.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through March 28. 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 laptop. 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 541-229-4328.


Nitrogen — A common nonmetallic element that is a colorless odorless tasteless gas comprising 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume. “Nitrogen is the predominant component of the air we breathe.”

Cruel — Stern, rigorous, and grim. The cruel reality is that Justin will be expelled for his wrongdoing regardless of how remorseful he is.

Snuffle — Draw in forcibly through the nostrils especially audibly and repeatedly. “A hungry dog will sometimes snuffle and gulp vigorously when fed, seeming to inhale its food.”

Treasure — Something of great worth or value. “The unearthed ancient Roman statue became the museum’s treasure.”

Tuba — A large low-pitched brass wind instrument having a conical bore and a cup-shaped mouthpiece and typically made to be held upright. “In concerts Dedrick played his tuba, but in parades he played the school’s more portable sousaphone.”

Aloft — High up into the air. “Mike’s kite went aloft with ease on the windy afternoon.”

Shipyard — A place where seagoing boats are built or repaired. “If the navy decides to downsize its fleet, many employees at the shipyard will probably lose their jobs.”

Fife — A small transverse flute with shrill tone used chiefly to accompany the drum. “Because Neil was an accomplished flutist, he had no trouble learning to play the fife.”

Silicon — A nonmetallic element that occurs abundantly in combined form and is used chiefly in the form of alloys. “The scientist was striving to devise a new method for purifying silicon for use in fabricating microchips.”

Opera — A drama in which music is the essential factor comprising songs with orchestral accompaniment and orchestral preludes and interludes. “Saturday night’s opera had to be canceled because both the lead singer and her understudy were ill.”

Lightning — The flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity from one cloud to another or from a cloud to the Earth. “The heat lightning in the distance occurred for several minutes, keeping the night sky brightly lit.”

Highroad — The best approach; an easy way. “The highroad to the lodge was very scenic.”

Lantern — A portable lamp. “The red light in the distance came from a lantern that hung from the last car of the train.”

Slender — Not fleshy or large of bone. “Because Waldo had such a slender build, he never tried on anything but the slim sizes when he went clothes shopping.”

Revolver — A handgun having a cylinder of several chambers brought successively into line with the barrel and discharged with the same hammer. “Callie’s cap gun looked like a genuine revolver.”

Sodium — A silver-white metallic element that occurs abundantly in nature and is very active chemically. “Unfortunately, Ned did not know that sodium explodes upon contact with water.”

Garnet — A brittle mineral usually red in color and occurring mainly in crystals and used as a semiprecious stone and as an abrasive. “Alice asked the jeweler to suggest a setting for the garnet she inherited from her great aunt.”

Dedicate — Inscribe or name by way of compliment, honor, or commemoration. “William will dedicate his first book to his grandmother because she encouraged him to become an author.”

Waterwheel — A hubbed circular frame mounted vertically on an axle and made to rotate by direct action of a liquid. “The gristmill operator opened the gate in the sluice, and the waterwheel creaked and groaned as it began to turn.”

Zipper — A fastener consisting of two rows of teeth on strips of tape and having a sliding piece that closes the opening by drawing the teeth into interlocking position. “Before the invention of the zipper, trousers were closed with buttons.”

Terrible — Requiring extreme effort or fortitude. “Donating blood may be a terrible ordeal for those people who do not like needles.”

Jazz — American music characterized by improvisation syncopated rhythms, and special melodic features peculiar to the individual interpretation of the player. “Joe liked all kinds of music, especially jazz.”

Swerve — Move from a straight line or course. “The driver had to swerve to avoid hitting the dog.”

Colic — Acute abdominal pain in man or animals. “Last spring Sam’s horse had colic.”

Mercury — A heavy silver-white poisonous element that is the only metal liquid at ordinary temperatures. “Susan nearly dropped the bottle of mercury because it was much heavier than she expected.”

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