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Contestants Ready for Scripps Regional Spell-off at Boise State March 11

By: Sherry Squires   Published 8:51 am / March 6, 2017

Twenty-five young spellers from Treasure Valley schools, ranging in age from 8-13, will compete at Boise State University on Saturday, March 11, for a chance to advance to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Boise State, the Scripps Southwest Idaho Spelling Bee finals will be held in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the bee starts at 10 a.m. and goes until only a single speller is left. Audience members are encouraged to share the experience using #spellingbee.

The community is welcome to come support the young spellers and free parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage. Buster Bronco will be on hand to greet spellers and their families, and pre-competition entertainment will be provided by the Department of Theatre Arts.

All participants will receive a prize package from the university and local sponsors. The regional winner receives the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, which is a 2017 United States Mint Proof Set presented by Sugarman in honor of his father; a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online Premium; and a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online, and an expense-paid trip for two to the national bee, where the top prize is $40,000.

In addition to improving students’ spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise — a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts and athletics.

Participating schools include: Adams Elementary, Amity Elementary, Cecil D. Andrus Elementary, Challenger School-Everest, Chief Joseph School of the Arts, Christine Donnell School of the Arts, Collister Elementary, Cynthia Mann Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Horizon Elementary, Idaho Fine Arts Academy, Jefferson Elementary, Maple Grove Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Montessori Academy (Eagle), Mountain View Elementary, Notus Elementary, Pierce Park Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Sage international, Shadow Hills Elementary, Siena Elementary, Valley View Elementary and White Pine Elementary.