Vindicator spelling bee set for March 17

The winner of this competition advances to the national contest in May.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The date for the 74th Annual Vindicator Regional Spelling Bee is rapidly approaching.
The competition is set for 9 a.m. March 17 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University.
Last year's competition drew more than 70 participants.
Schools participating in the bee are required to hold their own competitions to select a school champion to compete in the Vindicator event. Public, parochial, charter, charter/distance learning, electronic classroom and home schools are all eligible.
All pupils wishing to participate in the bee must first compete in an oral or written competition conducted by their school or educational organization.
Each speller must be enrolled in the school he or she represents at the time of the bee and cannot be beyond the eighth grade nor have reached his or her 16th birthday on or before the date of the national finals May 30.
Further, neither they nor their parents, educators, relatives or acquaintances may have obtained a copy of the 2007 School Pronouncers Guide for use in studying.
Information packets including a spelling practice book developed by Scripps Howard have been mailed out to past participating schools.
The deadline for submission of a school champion is Feb. 5. Entries must be received by The Vindicator by that date.
Entries should include a photograph of the school champion and a T-shirt order form.
Photos may also be e-mailed to Gemma Sole, bee coordinator, at
Any school that hasn't received a packet or anyone seeking additional information should contact Sole at (330) 747-1471, ext. 1322 or by e-mail at

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