Area Spelling Champs to Compete for Regional Honors

February 07, 2012  

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.

Jacksonville Public Library, Hicks Auditorium, Conference Center Level
303 Laura St. N. – 32202
Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.
(Doors open to the public at 9:40 a.m.)
The 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. The judges are: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer; Kate Howard, Times-Union staff writer; and Topher Sanders, Times-Union education writer.
The regional champion wins an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program. The names of the county champions will appear in a full-page ad in the Feb. 18 edition of The Times-Union. The Jacksonville Public Library began its partnership with The Times-Union in 2007.
About The Florida Times-Union
The Florida Times-Union traces its sponsorship of the North Florida Regional Spelling Bee Championship back as far as 1944. Scripps National Spelling Bee assigns 15 North Florida counties to Jacksonville's daily newspaper, and as many as 98,000 students participate in the bee at the class, school or county level. The Times-Union is proud to carry on its tradition of sponsoring the regional championship for 68 years with the expectation that students will improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies and become better readers.          
About the Jacksonville Public Library
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