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Will County students to compete in regional spelling bee

Lauren Kuehni, of Troy Middle School, concentrates March 3, 2016, after correctly spelling a word during the Will County Regional Office of Education Regional Spelling Bee at Lockport Township High School. The 2017 Will County bee will be held Tuesday.
Lauren Kuehni, of Troy Middle School, concentrates March 3, 2016, after correctly spelling a word during the Will County Regional Office of Education Regional Spelling Bee at Lockport Township High School. The 2017 Will County bee will be held Tuesday.

LOCKPORT – Students will once again test their spelling prowess at a contest held Tuesday by the Will County Regional Office of Education.

The Will County Regional Spelling Bee will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Lockport East High School, 1333 E. Seventh St. 

Since 2009, the winner of the spelling bee has been sent directly to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, said Shawn Walsh, Will County regional superintendent. 

Walsh said the spelling bee is a great competition for students.

“When you attend this, you’ll see these students put a lot of effort in studying the language. … Some of the words that these students spell are quite amazing. It’s fun to watch,” Walsh said. 

Last year, the winner of the spelling bee was Alette Eide, a Homer Junior High School eighth-grade student. Eide went on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee and was successful in the preliminary rounds but misspelled in the first round of the finals.

Troy Middle School seventh-grader Summit Kumar was the winner of the Will County spelling bee in 2015. Kumar went on to do well in the initial rounds of the national spelling bee but did not proceed to the semifinal round.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is one of the nation’s oldest and most iconic competitions and first began in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host it, according to Scripps’ website

The purpose of the contest is to help students improve their spelling, boost their vocabularies, learning concepts and use the English language correctly. 

According to Scripps, students wanting to prepare for a spelling bee should first learn the 100 study words for their grade level from the 2017 School Spelling Bee List. The list contains 450 words for students to master. 

Students can also further train through Spell It! at the myspellit.com website, a Scripps National Spelling Bee study website for spelling champions created in cooperation with Merriam-Webster. 

Spell It! focuses on about 1,150 words, divided into sections by language of origin, according to the website.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Will County Regional Spelling Bee

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Lockport East High School, 1333 E. Seventh St.

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