The Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the nation’s oldest competitions, has been around for over nine decades. The National Spelling Bee was started in 1925 by a group of nine newspapers who got together and hosted a spelling bee. The only time it was not held was during the Second world War (1939-1945). Now this literacy effort reaches 11 million students every year.

Our local spelling bees were completed at YME last week. Delaney Meyers, winner of the 5th and 6th Grade Spelling Bee and Reena Petrich, winner of the 7th and 8th Grade Spelling Bee will be advancing to the Regional Spelling Bee in Redwood Falls on February 6.

The top four spellers from the regional competition will advance to the Multi-Region State Spell-ing Bee on February 20, in Fergus Falls. The Scripps National Spelling Bee Week 2018 will take place May 27-June 1, in Maryland.

Congratulations and best of luck to Delaney and Reena at the Regional Spelling Bee!