Mar 18, 2013
 

Eleven vie for 2013 South Dakota State Spelling Bee title at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Eleven students will compete for a trip to Washington, D.C. and the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the University of South Dakota at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23.
 

The South Dakota State Spelling Bee at Farber Hall on the USD campus will be streamed live by Coyote News at http://ustream.tv/channel/Coyote-News and features 11 students who qualified by finishing as a top speller at regional competitions throughout the state.

Students participating Saturday are: Carolyn Blaha, seventh grade student from Wagner Community School, Mitchell Region; Lexis Sherron, eighth grade student from the Sioux Falls Region; Whitney Fuerst, eighth grade, Tripp-Delmont (Mitchell Region); Adele Benoit, seventh grade, Yankton Sacred Heart Middle School (Vermillion Region); Emily Fox, seventh grade, Spearfish Classical Christian School (Rapid City Region); Luke Norby, third grade, Dakota Valley Elementary School (McCook Lake, S.D.), Vermillion Region; Max Oesterling, eighth grade, Rapid City Region; Maria Braga-Henebry, eighth grade, Sioux Falls Region; Genesis Reynolds, seventh grade, South Middle School Rapid City; Maddy Gillett, eighth grade, Sioux Falls; Connor Lightfield, eighth grade, Milbank Middle School, Watertown Region.

The State Spelling Bee winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 26-31. In addition to transportation and accommodations for the student and a parent, the winner receives a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The competition is open for students in first grade through the eighth grade.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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