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I think I've written about this before but I don't have the patience to look back and find out. One of the keys to my job is to have patience to wait for that moment that tells an interesting story and provides an interesting photograph. Of course the need for time to devote to the decisive moment is also important.

I covered the annual spelling bee last week at Eastmont Junior High School and came away with a decent shot of the winner being hugged by his mother.

But in a strange situation, two other contestants had missed their words in the same round and were left to battle for second place. I stayed and waited mainly because I had noticed Ellen Perleberg of Cashmere providing some interesting and visible reactions while spelling her words.

Well my patience payed off as 17 rounds later, she reacted to getting second place. I can't imagine capturing a more interesting spelling bee reaction - but who knows what next year might bring?

It's unusual that we would run as the main photograph, the second place winner, but we couldn't pass it up and used a couple of photographs of the winner, Johah Gunter, 14, Leavenworth to fill out the photo package.