Eighty-nine local champs to compete in 20th Oakland Press Regional Spelling Bee
Courtesy of Diana Dillaber Murray, The Oakland Press:
For the 3rd year in a row, we are proud to present the Oakland Press sponsored Scripps National Spelling Bee qualifier.
Celebrating its 20th year, the Oakland Press Regional Spelling Bee will be held Sunday, Feb. 8 in partnership with Oakland Schools intermediate district.
Student winners from spelling bees held for fifth through eighth grades in Oakland County’s public, private and parochial schools will participate.
The winner of the 2015 Oakland Press Regional Spelling will win a free trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee during Bee Week, May 24 to May 29, a trophy, a dictionary and a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica. Last year, Nikhil won the free trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance to compete in the national bee against 280 other spelling champions from around the United States and several other countries. He missed by one point making it to the semifinals.
The winner took home a $30,000 cash prize, an engraved trophy from Scripps, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond, a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, a $5,000 scholarship from Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, reference works valued at $2,600 from Encyclopedia Britannica and an online language course and Nook Color from Middlebury Interactive Languages.
Judges for the Oakland Press spelling bee are Allan Adler, a former Oakland Press editorial page editor, Shelley Yorke Rose, who retired from Oakland Schools, and Julie Jacobson Hines, local news editor for The Oakland Press. The regional event is at Oakland Schools intermediate district building, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, just west off northbound Telegraph Road across from the Oakland County complex, and just north of the former Summit Place Mall in Waterford Township.
•To learn more about the national bee, visit www.spellingbee.com and go to media.theoaklandpress.com to see photos of the participants.