“Since they’re making the trip down, we wanted to recognize that they had quite a bit of success in their own schools,” Landry said.
The grand champion of Friday’s contest 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 the past two years.
In addition, the top speller will receive a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate, donated by Jay Sugarman, for a 2014 U.S. Mint Proof Set; a one-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, donated by Encyclopaedia Britannica; and an unabridged Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary donated by Merriam-Webster.
The first runner-up will receive an 11th-edition Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Admission to the CVES Regional Spelling Bee is free, and concession sales will benefit the Moriah Central Drama Club.
While Strieble said he is less nervous going into this year’s competition than he was the last, first-time bee participants have mixed emotions about the upcoming event.
“I’m nervous and excited,” said seventh-grader Jonathan Gibbs, the grand champion of Moriah Junior High’s recent spelling bee.
Similarly, Moriah Elementary Spelling Bee Grand Champion Karen King, a sixth-grader, said she is “very nervous but also very happy at the same time.”
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WATCH THE BEE
The Champlain Valley Educational Services Regional Spelling Bee will start at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Moriah Central School.
The school is located at 39 Viking Lane in Port Henry.