Local Elementary Students Encouraged to Enter National Spelling Bee Being Held in Long Beach Sun., Mar. 6

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The 15th annual $1,000 National Kids Spelling Bee is at 2 p.m., Sun., Mar. 6, and the 11th annual $1,000 National Adult Spelling Bee is at 4:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach, 90803. Spellers are coming from as far as Texas and South Dakota to compete.

The winner of each bee will take home $1,000. Spellers can register on-site. Spectators are welcome for $5/cash.

For the kids bee, spellers must be in grades 3-5. For the adult bee, entrants must be 16 or older.

The winner of last year’s National Kids Spelling Bee (grades 3-5) was Ananya Vinay, 9, from Fresno, Calif. She took home $1,000 in cash after correctly spelling “hydrofoil” in Round 15 and “paucity” in Round 16. Ananya is in the 4th grade at Fugman Elementary in Fresno, Calif.

The winner of last year’s National Adult Spelling Bee was Tony Johnson of Newnan, Georgia. After 2 hours and 20 minutes of words, he correctly spelled “curtilage” in Round 24 and “chondroitin” in Round 25 to win. He is donated $500 of his $1,000 winnings to Fisher House Foundation.

The bees are presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). The prize money comes from their Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K.

Contact Justin@JustinRudd.com. Details, rules, and entry forms can be found at www.KidsSpellingBee.com and www.AdultSpellingBee.com.

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