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FEBRUARY 21, 2014

Three Rivers College hosts fifth annual regional spelling bee

Students from across the region will compete for a chance to go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., at the Fifth Annual Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee, held Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on Three Rivers' Poplar Bluff Campus.

"We're always proud to host these amazing spellers from across our region," said Mark Sanders, chair of the Languages Department at Three Rivers and the coordinator for the regional spelling bee. "They're all extremely talented, and it's a close competition each year. You wouldn't think a spelling bee could be a nail-biter, but it is!"

Last year's winner was Jade Ray Samanta, a seventh-grade student at Trinity Lutheran in Cape Girardeau. Samanta survived 38 rounds of spelling to win by spelling the word "patently." He competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and was eliminated in the third round. Samanta will be competing in the regional contest again this year.

Competitors for the Regional Spelling Bee are selected through qualifying competitions held at participating schools throughout the region for students in the first through eighth grades. This year's competition will feature 44 students from 16 schools across nine counties in Southeast Missouri. The regional winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a $30,000 cash prize, a $2,500 savings bond, a Nook eReader, and assorted reference materials.
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