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Field of 20 set for DeKalb County Spelling Bee

Participants in the 2017 DeKalb County Spelling Bee wait for the next round to begin during last year's showdown at Kishwaukee College. Shown are Magnus Keswani of St. Mary's School in Sycamore, Bryanna Sonntag, of Genoa-Kingston Middle School, siblings Daniel and Susana Martin of Sycamore Middle School, and Ben Jourdan of Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School.
Participants in the 2017 DeKalb County Spelling Bee wait for the next round to begin during last year's showdown at Kishwaukee College. Shown are Magnus Keswani of St. Mary's School in Sycamore, Bryanna Sonntag, of Genoa-Kingston Middle School, siblings Daniel and Susana Martin of Sycamore Middle School, and Ben Jourdan of Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School.

Twenty DeKalb County middle school students have advanced to the DeKalb County Spelling Bee presented by the Daily Chronicle and Scripps.

The bee will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 10 in the Theatre at Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta.

The participating students and their schools are: Bryanna Sonntag and Alyssa Mostek, Genoa-Kingston Middle School; Josephine Wilson and Rachel Diaz, Indian Creek Middle School; Nicholas Rotstein and Kyler Hankins, Hiawatha Junior High School; Susana Martin and Miranda Zhang, Sycamore Middle School; Kaylee Zhou and Taylor Hennessee, Huntley Middle School; Corbin Hicks and Sydney Razo-Ewan, Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School; Cerelia Lesko and Ashley Tindall, Sandwich Middle School; Madeline Short and Evelyn Hentschel, Somonauk Middle School; Magnus Keswani and Nicholas Kijowski, St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sycamore; Levi Thompson and Lillian Schatteman, St. Mary School in DeKalb.

The winner of this competition will be flown to Washington, D.C., with their parents to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, being held from May 29 to 31.

For information about the event, call the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education at 815-217-0460.

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