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MARION COUNTY – Spellers take your mark! The Marion County Spelling Bee takes place this Thursday, February 16, in the Browne Greaton Cole Auditorium at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) at 6PM.
MTI is located at 1614 E. Fort King Street in Ocala. Admission is free and open to the public.
This year’s competition draws 24 middle school students from all 10 public and two private Marion County middle schools. Homeschooled students will also take part this year. Marilyn Underwood, Ed.D., serves as this year’s moderator and word caller.
The local winner and runner-up advance to the 58th annual regional spelling bee in Orlando on March 22, sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel.
Both the district and regional bees are preliminary rounds to reach this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C., May 28-June 2, with finals nationally televised.
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