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Pat Haug Photo

Roben Deines served as official pronouncer at the City Written Spelling Contest from 2004 through 2017.  She also served as dictionary judge for fourteen years at the DPS "City Orals" District Championship Spelling Bee and, for ten years, at the Summer Semantics Championship Spelling Bee.  In addition she regularly pronounced at various DPS interschool spelling bees especially at Smiley, Polaris, and Denver Discovery School.  Roben was a 6th grade teacher at Carson Elementary School and later a math teacher at Hill Middle School.  Here are some of her favorite City Written words:  froufrou, bandersnatch, toploftical, and humuhumunukunukuapuaa.

Pat Haug Photo

Pat Haug taught semantics at Hill Junior High School from 1968 through 1977.  In 1971 she coached Liz Patterson, winner of the Colorado-Wyoming Spelling Bee.  Liz represented both states at the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.  Later Pat taught high school English and then became an administrator, finishing her career as principal of Henry Middle School.  From the time she left Hill until 2005, Pat remained active in the Denver Public Schools semantics program.  She authored the "City Written" spelling test for two decades and was the contest’s pronouncer twenty-three times.  Until illness forced her retirement, she served as dictionary judge at this event.  Throughout, she mentored new semantics teachers and helped write many of the units still in use in semantics classes throughout the district.  She inspired many teachers and students with her love of words and language and her great sense of humor.  We extend our gratitude to Pat for all of those wonderful years.  Here are some of Pat’s favorite spelling words:  osculate, syzygy, asphyxiate, antidisestablishmentarianism, and palate, palette, pallet, and pallette.


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