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Miss Vance had everyone stand at their desks. She gave easy words in the first round, no one made a mistake. But soon, harder words quickly eliminated the younger students.

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Irene could not believe her ears. She knew how to spell that word. “President,” she spoke with confidence. She turned, smiled at George Washington, and began, “pre…s...i...dent, president.”

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With a look of distain, Irene turned away. William often won the spelling bee and she didn’t like him reminding her that she never did.

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Cool crisp air filled Irene’s lungs as she started down the road, her lunch pail swinging at her side. Today she needed to be brave, very brave. Father had work for Paul in the field, so Irene had to walk to school by herself for the very first time.

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Cool crisp air filled Irene’s lungs as she started down the road, her lunch pail swinging at her side. Today she needed to be brave, very brave. Father had work for Paul in the field, so Irene had to walk to school by herself for the very first time.