STATE SPELLING BEE SET FOR MARCH 14

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> Months of hard work, concentration and intense memorization will pay off for one determined Mississippi student on Tuesday, March 14, when the Mississippi Spelling Bee champion for 2017 is presented the trophy.
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> The annual Mississippi Spelling Bee is sponsored jointly by the Mississippi Association of Educators and Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Winner of the Mississippi title will be announced during MPB’s live coverage of the event beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The contest will also be streamed live on Twitter, follow #MSBEE.
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> “The Mississippi Spelling Bee championship is the preliminary to the Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee,” said Teresa Robinson, MAE coordinator for the event. “This year we have a field of 45 candidates who will be vying to be Mississippi’s best speller and take that trip to Washington, D. C. for the finale.”
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> “In today’s technologically infused world, correct spelling is absolutely necessary,” MAE President Joyce Helmick said. “Although ‘spell check’ helps, it just doesn’t take the place of a person being able to accurately and quickly spell a word. We believe that by emphasizing spelling in a competitive program such as this, students can have fun while they learn.”
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> “Spelling bees have long been a staple in American classrooms,” Robinson said. “We are happy to continue the tradition.”
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