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PostPosted: May 11th, 2017, 12:51 pm 
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The National Spelling Bee began in 1925. The rules state "the speller must not have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before February 1, 2017" and "the speller must not have reached the age of 15 on or before August 31, 2016". I don't know if there is a minimum age limit.

This year's schedule...
Preliminaries on Wednesday 31 May:
---Round 2 (Spellers 1 to 145), 7am to 9am CDT on ESPN3
---Round 2 (Spellers 146 to 291), 9:15am to 11:15am CDT on ESPN3
---Round 3 (Spellers 1 to 145), 12:15pm to 2:30pm CDT on ESPN3
---Round 3 (Spellers 146 to 291), 2:45pm to 5pm CDT on ESPN3
Finals on Thursday 1 June:
---Part 1, 9am to 12pm CDT on ESPN2
---Part 2, 7:30pm to 9:30pm CDT on ESPN1
There is no "Round 1" listed on the current schedule.

Baton Rouge's own Cierra Wilson, who has earned the Galactic Plaque at the Highland Road Park Observatory's Science Academy, is listed as Speller No. 64! She is being sponsored by the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center...
http://www.lcdcofhammond.org/ABOUT/tabid/131/Default.aspx

Congratulations to Cierra; HRPO personnel will be supporting her throughout the competition!

About the Scripps National Spelling Bee:
http://spellingbee.com/about-the-bee

About Science Academy:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html

NOTE: Congratulations also to...
*Michael Goss of Crowley (Speller No. 50), sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette
*Calvin Alexander of Shreveport (Speller No. 146), sponsored by Louisiana Tech University
*Naysa Modi of Monroe (Speller No. 210), sponsored by The News-Star
*Tien Nguyen (Speller No. 224), sponsored by the Times-Picayune


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PostPosted: May 30th, 2017, 8:08 pm 
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Cierra Wilson and her mother will be seen on WBRZ (Channel 2) tonight at 10pm. The spelling bee itself starts Wednesday morning. Good luck, Cierra--we're cheering for you!


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