The Davis County Clipper will be holding the first rounds of its fourth annual spelling bee on Feb. 9 (for elementary students in the south end of the county) and Feb. 11 (for the north end) starting at 7 p.m.
These rounds are the first step for local spellers hoping to win the bee’s top prize – a chance to compete in the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C., later this year.
“We’re looking forward to finding out which Davis County student will be competing on the national stage,” said Clipper Executive Editor Rolf Koecher. “It will be the experience of a lifetime, no matter the outcome.”
Students from the south end of the county will compete on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Bountiful High School (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.). North end students will take their turn on Feb. 11 at Layton High School (all times are the same).
Competition at both bees will continue until there are about 15 finalists, who will then move on to the final round.
The bee’s final round will be held March 9 at 7 p.m. at Woods Cross High School. It’s in this round that the winners of junior high competitions will be added to the mix, and the winner of that round will earn their place in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and be sent to Washington, D.C., to compete.
Last year, Bountiful Junior High School student Mark Brand went to Washington, D.C., and made it through the first three rounds of the national competition.