MALTA – In a few days, nearly 20 DeKalb County studnts will be able to show off how well they can spell without the help of spell check.
Fifth grade through eighth grade students – 19 in all – from DeKalb County will compete in the DeKalb County Spelling Bee, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, inside the Kishwaukee College Theater Auditorium at Kish College in Malta.
Amanda Christensen, DeKalb County’s regional superintendent, said the contestants will come from from DeKalb School District 428, Sycamore School District 427, Genoa-Kingston School District 424, Indian Creek School District 425, Hiawatha School District 426, Hinckley-Big Rock School District 429, Sandwich School District 430, and Somonauk School District 432, plus St. Mary School in DeKalb and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sycamore.
Jeff Smith, assistant regional superintendent for DeKalb County, will pronounce the words for the students.
The DeKalb County champion will go on to Washington, D.C. and compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 24 through May 29.
Christensen said the competition is a great opportunity for the students to showcase their talents.
“With today’s tendency to write in texting language and a lack of rules, I think it’s great that we still have dedicated students who get to showcase a skill and then beyond the stage, be honored for that skill,” Christensen said. “It’s a great opportunity for the champion to go to the national bee.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle