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February 28, 2013

Top spellers prepare for regional competition


Spelling a word wrong will result in elimination from the bee. 

Students remaining at the end of the first oral rounds will go to a separate area to take a written spelling test. Those with qualifying scores on the written exam will then return to the stage and continue with oral rounds until a grand champion, as well as a winner for each grade level, is determined. 


The grand champion will win a trip for two to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Press-Republican, where he or she will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, as Manfred did last year. 

“It was a lot of fun,” he said.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for students,” added Jane Landry, Champlain Valley Educational Services Regional Spelling Bee coordinator. “It gives them the opportunity to compete in an academic competition, and it gives the winner the opportunity to compete in Washington, D.C.”


Moriah Elementary School Principal Valerie Stahl said she and High School Principal Alison Burch are very excited to host the Regional Spelling Bee and have been preparing for it all year. 

The event is open to the public and will feature a concession stand with snacks, such as hot dogs, michigans and nachos, the sales from which will benefit the school’s Drama Club. 

“Mrs. Burch and I are hoping that we get a chance to host again next year,” Stahl said. “We’re rooting for our kids.”

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