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Annual county spelling bee set for Saturday

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 9:38 a.m. CDT

MALTA – Nineteen DeKalb County students will compete in the annual spelling bee Saturday sponsored by the Daily Chronicle and the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education.

The spelling bee for students in third through eighth grade will begin at 10 a.m. at Kishwaukee College, Theatre B211, 21193 Malta Road, Malta.

The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to National Harbor, Md., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. The trip is provided by the Daily Chronicle.

The competitors include Alex Barton and Naomi Dutton from Genoa-Kingston School District 424; Kayla McCormick and Nicole Diaz from Indian Creek School District 425; Cecilia Snider from Hiawatha School District 426; Matthew Rogers and Julia Luo from Sycamore School District 427; Brianna Jackson and Rocio Hernandez from DeKalb School District 428; Dakota Sleeth and Taylor VanLanduyt from Hinckley-Big Rock School District 429; Paige Weidert and Fernando Bohorquez from Sandwich School District 430; Keith Mokry and Vanessa Williams from Somonauk School District 432; Elise Conrad and Jack Michel from St. Mary’s School in Sycamore; and Michael Stadler and Daniel Alcaraz from St. Mary School in DeKalb.

Other prizes include Webster’s Third New International Dictionary courtesy of Merriam-Webster, the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate donated by Jay Sugarman and a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium donated by Encyclopedia Britannica.

The runner-up will receive a certificate for a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, donated by Merriam-Webster.

For information, call the Regional Superintendent of Schools Office at 815-217-0460 or the Daily Chronicle at 815-756-4841, ext. 2217.

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