MORIAH — When it comes to determining the correct spelling of a word, Jay Strieble believes in the power of visualization.
“I try to picture it in my head before I say how I want to spell it,” said the champion of Moriah Central School’s recent eighth-grade spelling bee.
On Friday, Strieble, along with the winners of fourth-through-eighth-grade bees at schools throughout Clinton and Essex counties, will compete in the 2014 Champlain Valley Educational Services Regional Spelling Bee.
As with the 2013 competition, in which Strieble also earned a spot as a seventh-grader, this year’s Regional Bee will be held at his home school.
“It’s nice to host it back to back,” said Moriah Elementary School Principal Valerie Stahl. “I don’t think that happens very often.”
Nicholas Manfred, now a ninth-grader at Moriah Central, secured his school the honor of hosting the event consecutively by becoming the grand champion of both the 2012 and 2013 Regional Bees.
“We’re getting used to it,” Stahl said of hosting the contest. “We’re hoping for a third year.”
The 2014 event, sponsored by CVES and the Press-Republican, will kick off with three oral rounds, beginning at 6 p.m. in Moriah Central’s auditorium.
Students, from 25 school buildings representing numerous districts, will each be asked to spell one word per round.
“They can ask for the country of origin, the definition (and to) have it said in a sentence,” explained CVES Regional Spelling Bee Coordinator Jane Landry.
Round four will consist of a written spelling test, and those who are successful will return to the stage to spell words aloud until a grand champion emerges.
Also recognized will be a first runner-up and grade-level champions.
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In addition, alternate spellers, who must attend the bee in case their school’s representative can’t take part, will be honored during the Alternate Recognition Ceremony before intermission.