Spelling bee season has arrived.
The Aiken County school system will hold its spelling bee at 7 p.m. Jan. 31, in the URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served after the awards ceremony.
Participants include 12 winners from grades five through eight semifinal spelling bees held throughout the school district. The semifinal bees included representatives from all Aiken County public elementary and middle schools as well as Mead Hall Episcopal, St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic, Our Lady of Peace and Midland Valley Preparatory schools, and the Aiken County Home School Association.
“Every year we celebrate our young wordsmiths and challenge them to dissect a word’s spelling, pronunciation, definition and many uses. This will no doubt be another intense spelling competition and learning experience for not only the participants, but the audience members as well,” Aiken County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Everitt said in a news release. “These students never cease to amaze me with their vast knowledge and calm demeanor while under such pressure to spell on command.”
Along with Aiken County Public Schools and URS, sponsors are Savannah River Remediation and The Aiken Standard. All participants will receive a $100 gift certificate from Books-A-Million, and the overall winner will be awarded an HP laptop.
The overall winner also will be eligible to participate in the Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle on March 3. The winner of the regional bee is eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C., scheduled for May 27 through June 1.