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6 Thursday, June 5, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette I Great job, Jerusha! A big congratulations to Jerusha Caligiuri, 13, from the Kingdom! You did a fine job and we're all extremely proud of you. Jerusha is from Sarcobatus Flat which is located a little north of Beatty and was a proud representative of Nevada in the National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. this past week. Now, let's face it, anyone that hails from a place called Sarcobatus has simply got to be a good speller, eh? Jerusha correctly spelled "taligrade" and "lithesome." She was within one letter," n," of entering the finals but she misspelled "legion- naire" by dropping one of the "n's." I would challenge anyone reading this newspaper to correctly spell any of the above three. Heck, I don't even know what the first two mean. Jerusha shed tears afterwards M and we can all sympathize with her. She received a $50 savings bond, $50 in cash, a special watch and a lifetime of memories. Jershua had previously won the school district and state of Nevada championship. A tremendous accomplishment for this proud 13-year- old. She was sponsored by the Donrey Media Group of Nevada, parent company of the Las Vegas Review.Journal. A special "kudo" to the RJ for caring about our local youth. The national competition was won by another 13-year-old, Rebecca Sealfon, who correctly spelled "euonym." From what I can gather about it, Jerusha and Sarcobatus Flat are euonymus. The word is defined as an appropriate name for a person or place. Note I wrote "euonymns." Apparently that's the plural of euonym. The only reason I know that is because my computer spell-checker said so. Hmmph. I'!1 forget that one by next week's column. Meantime, Jerusha, thanks for giving us all something to cheer about. Ya done us proud. I II II I Aw, Cripe! Not again! Is the Nye County School District totally incompetent? Now we're faced with another allegation of a substitute teacher, who shouldn't have been a substitute teacher, involved sexually with students. At the time I got this story it was too late for our last week's edition. The arrest was made on Wednesday and we didn't get the word until Thursday. The teacher has been shown extensively on local TV admitting to having consensual oral sex with a minor. He identified himself as Brian Lepley, a 32-year-old male working at Rosemary Clarke Middle School in Payrump. According to Sheriff Wade Lieseke, early reports that the man was charged with suspicion of solicitiing sodomy from a minor are incor- rect and the charge is actually "infamous crime against nature." This is apparently due to conflicting testimony of the persons involved. ] Lieseke said an investigation as to whether the man has teste6 postive for HIV, the aids virus, is on-going. It has also been alleged that this man was supposed to have been removed from the school system in 1995 but somehow he wound up back in a substitute teaching position. Payrump has already got enough black marks in this area and previous problems have shown that the school district has been insensitive to the issue. I sure thought that after the Peterson fiasco this would have been no.longer a problem. Our children are the most important future we have. They are our future. What the heck are we exposing them to in our school system? This is a disgusting situation. At least Payrump High School Principal Jerry Hill took quick action when he heard rumors. Good job, Jerry. Now, let's find out how this happened in the first place. On Tar00 et by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him!