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Orange County "Great Spelling Bee" Sunday, March 15
Updated February 24, 2015 5:18 AM | Filed under: Education
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(PAOLI) - The Orange County Publishing Company's Great Spelling Bee has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 15.

The event which was scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to weather.

"The forecast was so iffy right up until the storm hit. It wasn't an easy decision, and we had to make it early enough to notify everyone," said the event's coordinator, Miles Flynn. "But the decision to postpone turned out to be the right one, and I'm glad everyone was safe at home that afternoon."

Organizers were concerned with finding a date when the Paoli High School Auditorium was available and early enough to meet the Scripps National Spelling Bee's set deadline for local spelling bees.

"In the end, the date that worked best turned out to be Sunday, March 15" Flynn added. "We'll plan to get the competition started at 2 p.m. in order to ensure that no matter how long the bee might run, there's no way it will interfere with anyone's evening church services."

Spellers and their parents or guardians should plan to arrive at 1:30 p.m. on bee day to go over the rules and procedures

The event will feature 22 students:
Springs Valley Elementary
Third-grader Ava Willett
Fourth-graders Cole Hall and Bella Shipman
Fifth-grader Gracye Judy

Springs Valley Middle School
Sixth-grader Saylor Meadows
Seventh-grader Makayla Chism
Eighth-grader Hattie Moffitt

Throop Elementary School
Fourth-grader Masden Embry
Fifth-grader Haley Cox'
Sixth-graders Emily Orth and Haley Owens

Paoli Junior High
Seventh-graders Trevor Holt, Melissa Porter and Jacob Tapp

Orleans Elementary
Fifth-graders Sam Carr and Lily Saliba
Sixth-graders Drevan Hill and Paige Jones

Orleans Junior High
Eighth-graders Caty Carlisle, Annie Johnson, Hope Jordan and Matthew Ross

Organizer Miles Flynn will read words to competitors. The student can then ask for a definition or the word to be used in a sentence. Words must be spelled orally for the event's judges Robert Henderson, Todd Marshall and Roger Moon. Rounds will continue until only one competitor remains.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded, and the champion will get to go on a six-day, five-night free trip to Washington, D.C., in May to represent Orange County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winner and his or her parent or guardian will work with Erin Elliott of Mad Hatter Adventures, to plan the trip.

Sponsoring the event are the Orange County Community Foundation Education Fund, Erin Elliott of Mad Hatter Adventures, Old National Bank and Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company.

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