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Spelling bees get under way

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (Feb. 8, 2013) — Starting next week, Marion students will be competing for a chance to face off with other students from around the county with an eye toward a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Spelling Bee.

After a round of classroom-level bees, every Marion Community Schools elementary school, along with Justice Intermediate School and McCulloch Junior High School, will be holding school spelling bees this month. Each school will send a winner and runner up in each grade level competing - fourth through eighth - to compete in the county-wide bee, set for 1 p.m. March 19 at College Wesleyan Church, 200 E. 38th St.

The winner of the county bee will receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with a parent or guardian) to Washington, D.C., where he or she will compete in the National Spelling Bee, set for May 28-30.

The MCS school spelling bee schedule is:
  • Justice Intermediate School, fifth grade: 1:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11
  • Justice Intermediate School, sixth grade: 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
  • Frances Slocum Elementary School, fourth grade: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13
  • McCulloch Junior High, seventh and eighth grade: 1:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
  • Allen Elementary School, fourth grade: 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
  • Kendall Elementary School, fourth grade: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22
  • Riverview Elementary School, fourth grade: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27
City Council member (and voice of the Marion Giants) Jim Brunner will be the pronouncer at the Justice spelling bees. Dr. Ken Folks, assistant superintendent for instruction of MCS, will be the pronouncer at the bees for Kendall, Frances Slocum, and Riverview. Kristi Phillippe, MCS's TAP coordinator, will be the pronouncer for the Allen bee.