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Hood River students to participate in spelling bee

Sean Counihan, Nate Miller, and Kelsey Stewart, all of Hood River, will be representing Hood River County at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship on Aug. 30, at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

This is the sixth year Oregon Spellers has sponsored the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship. Oregon Spellers is all-volunteer group which formed in 2009 in response to the Oregon Department of Education’s budget-driven decision to eliminate their state-level spelling contest, which had run for 33 years. Oregon Spellers is funded solely by donations.

Debra Gil, from KPTV’s Good Day Oregon, will be emceeing the Division II and III of the Spelling Championship for her third year. Oregon Spellers is also hosting The Bee at the Fair which is be a verbal bee open to all Oregon State Fair patrons. The Junior Division Verbal Bee (12 and under) will start at 2 p.m. and the Teen/Adult Division Bee will begin at 3 p.m. on the stage in the Jackson-Long Building.

For more information, contact oregonspellers@kay-nor.net or check out our website at www.oregonspellers.org.

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