The evening began easily enough.
“Water. W-A-T-E-R. Water,” said Jasmyne Kaye, contestant number one, a fifth-grader from Rincon Elementary School.
By the end of the first round, there were two who didn’t make it.
Round two spiced things up a bit with silent consonants and more and more left the stage.
As Judith Shuman, student/professional learning coordinator for the Effingham County Board of Education called out the words, ascending in difficulty, cameras were raised, flashed and lowered from the crowd of family and friends supporting the 17 contestants as they visualized and sounded out each syllable.
For more, see Friday's edition of the Herald.