The LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Regional Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Ottawa Township High School Auditorium, 211 E. Main St. in Ottawa.
The bee will start at 9 a.m. Contestants are advised to arrive at or before 8:30 a.m. for instructions and seating assignments.
The 60th annual spelling bee, sponsored by the Peoria Journal Star, the Ottawa Kiwanis Club, and the LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Regional Superintendent’s office, is open to the public and admission is free.
Thirty-three school district winners will be competing for the county championship.
Representing Tonica Elementary School will be Olivia Barton, an eighth-grader. The alternate is Holly Gingerich, a sixth-grader.
Representing Lostant Elementary School will be Jaden Busch, a sixth-grader. The alternate is Salina Breckenridge, an eighth-grader.
The winner of the regional bee will then compete in the Grand Finals to be held at WEEK-TV Studios, 2907 Springfield Road, East Peoria, at 1 p.m. Friday, March 27. The spelling bee will air at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28.
The first-place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Fox Books and a $200 cash prize provided by the William Ieuter Trust, and a first-place plaque.
The Stretch Miller Memorial Spelling Bee traveling plaque is presented to the first-place winner for one year. The plaque will have the winner’s, name, school and year engraved on it. The traveling plaque is to be on display in the school of the winning contestant for one year.
Second prize will be a $50 gift certificate to Prairie Fox Books from the Regional Office of Education, a $100 cash prize provided by the William Ieuter Trust and a second-place plaque. Each participant will receive a trophy as winner of their school’s spelling bee.
Christopher Dvorak, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Regional Superintendent of Schools, in commenting on the spelling bee, said, “The spelling bee continues to be a high priority among the students, teachers, and administrators in the LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam County schools.”