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Area Spelling Champs to Compete for Regional Honors (Feb. 24, 2016)


Winner Will Advance to Scripps National Spelling Bee


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 24, 2016 – The champions of 14 county spelling bees throughout northeast Florida will vie for the honor of regional champion during The Florida Times­Union Regional Spelling Bee Championship. The regional champion will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest and longest­running education program, held in May near Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 27 10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:40 a.m.)

WHERE: Main Library, Hicks Auditorium, Conference Center Level (Main Street entrance) 303 Laura St. N. – 32202

Jacksonville Public Library Director, Barbara Gubbin, will give opening remarks. Following introductions by The Florida Times­Union Editor Frank Denton, Staff Writer Dan Scanlan will give the rules and instructions to the participants and will serve as pronouncer. The judges are also from The Florida Times­Union: Investigative Editor Topher Sanders; Metro Editor Joe Fenton; and Investigative Editor Eileen Kelley.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About The Florida Times-­Union

The Florida Times­-Union traces its sponsorship of the North Florida Regional Spelling Bee Championship back as far as 1944. Scripps National Spelling Bee assigns 14 North Florida counties to Jacksonville's daily newspaper, and as many as 100,000 students participate in the bee at the class, school or county level. The Times­Union is proud to carry on its tradition of sponsoring the regional championship for more than 70 years with the expectation that students will improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies and become better readers.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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