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Countywide Spelling Bee Held This Sunday
Salinas, Calif. –
Sunday March 13, 2016
Hartnell College, Western Stage Theater
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Turn off your autocorrect, pull out the dictionary, and prepare for an intense afternoon of spelling this Sunday! The Countywide Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Monterey County Office of Education and community partners, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Hartnell College.
Fifty-one students – all winners of spelling bees at their individual schools – are scheduled to compete. These students, the best middle school spellers in the county, will gather for an afternoon of competitive spelling, attempting to spell their way to the grand prize of a trip to National Harbor, Maryland, to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 22-27, 2016.
The National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, and is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English language usage that will help them all their lives.
Sunday’s Countywide Spelling Bee is admission-free and the public is invited to attend. Free parking is available on the Hartnell campus. Can’t attend in person? Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #MCOEbee!
Note that Daylight Saving Time also begins on Sunday, March 13, so don’t be l-a-t-e!
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