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Regional Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Friday, March 1, 2013 1:43 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 2, 2013 1:34 AM
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After he won the Richmond County Spelling Bee on Feb. 1, fifth-grader Jacob Martin said he had one goal – to get to the national spelling bee.

Today, he has his chance.

Jacob will face five-time Co­lum­bia County champion Rachael Cun­dey and 13 other county winners at the Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held at The Augusta Chronicle News Building.

The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held in Washington, D.C., from May 26 to June 1.

Today’s bee starts at 10 a.m.

The doors will be closed at that time and no one will be allowed in or out to minimize distractions for the spellers, said El Whittle, the Newspapers in Education manager for The Chronicle and the bee organizer.

Cameras and video recorders are not permitted.

Judges will be Dr. Paulette Harris, from Georgia Regents University; Dr. Audie Holmes, from Paine College; and Cindy Gelinas, from the University of South Carolina Aiken.

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the national spelling bee by The Chronicle, the events’ sponsor.

CONTESTANTS

The contestants for the Regional Spelling Bee are:

Jalveay McNair
Norris Elementary School

Lauren Elizabeth Ford
Faith Christian Academy

Carol Garrard
Washington-Wilkes Elementary School

Meredith Saxon
Jenkins County Elementary School

Rachael Cundey
Lakeside Middle School

Stephen Havasy Jr.
North Augusta Middle School

Tiaja Lashay Frazier
Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School

Jacob Martin
Freedom Park Elementary School

Varsha R. Menon
Augusta Preparatory Day School

Rosemary Michelle Durant
Burke County Middle School

Larisa Hope Crowder
Aiken Area Home Educators

Gary Hosier
CSRA Home Education Association

Jason Javone Oliver
Mildred E. Freeman Elementary School

Jaleyn Stephens
Taliaferro County Middle School

Kevin Chen
Lincoln County Middle School

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Regional Spelling Bee

WHERE: The Augusta Chronicle News Building, 725 Broad St.

WHEN: 10 a.m. today


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