S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee Set for February 20
DATE CORRECTION - FEBRUARY 8, 2019
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G BEE SET
FOR FEBRUARY 20
MARION COUNTY – Spellers take your mark! The Marion County Spelling Bee takes place Wednesday, February 20, 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 22 middle school students from 10 public and one private Marion County middle school. Gainesville radio personality Bob Rose of 97.3 WSKY will serve as this year’s host for the event while his on-air co-host, Greg Cassidy, will be the word-caller. The event is sponsored by the GFWC Woman’s Club of Ocala, which supplies judges, medals and travel funds for the top two winners. The Little Women Juniorettes will also provide the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The local winner and runner-up advance to the 60th annual regional spelling bee in Orlando on March 20 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 26-May 30, with finals nationally televised.
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