(Kansas City, Missouri) - They'll stand. They'll spell. And one Kansas City-area student will seize the day, moving on to Washington, D.C., and orthography's biggest stage.
An expanded Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee concludes three weeks of competition Saturday, February 28, 2015, with a five-round division bee followed by the championship bee - all at the Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. A single winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington in May.
The division spelldown begins at 9 a.m., featuring more than four dozen entrants who originally were scheduled to compete in two separate bees a week earlier. Those contests were postponed by inclement weather.
Spellers still standing after the five rounds will advance to the championship bee starting at 1:30 p.m. They'll join 12 other qualifiers who emerged from a February 7 division bee.
The Jackson-Clay champion will represent the two counties in the iconic national bee in Washington, held May 24-29 and televised nationally on ESPN.
The Kansas City-area bee became a two-county competition for the first time this year, pulling in spellers from Clay as well as Jackson. A total of 102 students, ranging from third- to eighty-graders, won bees at their respective schools to qualify for division competition.
Last year's Jackson County bee delivered an unforgettable duel between two fifth- and seventh-grade finalists that stretched into overtime, lasting 95 rounds and attracting worldwide attention.
The Jackson-Clay bee is presented by the Kansas City Public Library in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and Local Investment Commission (LINC), and is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School Personnel.