Six top spellers at the Illinois School for the Deaf have been practicing every day before school to prepare for Friday's statewide Deaf Finger-Spelling Bee. Because some signs can represent more than one word in American Sign Language, school spelling coaches -- who will present any of more than 400 words to their students during the contest -- have worked with each student on systems for differentiating between synonyms. "They worked really hard," said one coach. "They have impressed us."
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