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Area Spelling Champs to Compete for Regional Honors

More than a dozen of the area’s best spellers are brushing up on their vocabulary to prepare for the Northeast Florida regional spelling bee championship.  Fifteen county champions will vie for the honor of Regional Champion during The Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee Championship. The Spelling Bee is open to students in fifth through eighth grades who won their designated county bee.

WHERE:           Jacksonville Public Library, Hicks Auditorium, Conference Center Level

                        303 Laura St. N. – 32202

WHEN:             Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, 10 a.m.

                        (Doors open to the public at 9:40 a.m.)

Competition is expected to last one hour, but the duration of the regional bee varies depending on the difficulty of the words and the skills of the spellers.

Rules and instructions will be given by Times-Union Region Editor Mike Marino, who will serve as pronouncer. Judges are: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer; Deidre Conner, Times-Union writer; and Topher Sanders, Times-Union Education Writer.

The regional champion wins an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program. Names of the county champions will appear in a full-page ad in the Feb. 19 edition of The Times-Union. The Jacksonville Public Library began its partnership with The Times-Union in 2007.


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