The South Dakota State Spelling Bee at Farber Hall on the USD campus will be streamed live by Coyote News at 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.

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