Kids and Adults Compete in National Spelling Bees Sunday

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The 13th-annual National Elementary School Spelling Bee is at 2 p.m., and the 9th-annual National Adult Spelling Bee is at 4:30 p.m. this Sun., Mar. 9 in the concert hall at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach, 90803. Spellers are coming from as far as Texas to compete. The public is invited to spectate for $5 at the door.

The winner of each bee will take home $1,000. Details, rules, and entry forms can be found at and Spellers can register on-site.

For the youth bee, spellers must be in grades 3-5. For the adult bee, entrants must be 18 or older.

Last year, Arjav Rawal, 11, of Fremont, Calif., won $1,000, besting 49 spellers during the Bee that lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. His winning word in Round 16 was “emeritus.” Arjav correctly spelled “colossal”, “barbarian”, “odyssey”, and “numismatic” in the final rounds.

It was Jim Sherry of Troy, Ala., who won the $1,000 prize in Round 27 last year by spelling “quincunx.” In the later rounds of the Bee, he also correctly spelled “festinate”, “maquette”, kludge” and “moiety.” It was his fourth time traveling to compete in the Bee. He teaches French at Troy University.

The bees are presented annually by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).


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