LIMA — The Regional Spelling Bee will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus.
Each of the students won spelling bees at their individual schools and have advanced to this regional bee. Spellers from 61 schools from Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Shelby counties were invited to the event. Each school is allowed to send one speller.
The winner Saturday will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The Regional Spelling Bee is presented by The Lima News and Superior Credit Union. Dominion is the awards sponsor.
“The Lima News is proud to sponsor the Spelling Bee again in 2018. We believe supporting our youth by encouraging them to expand their minds is critical to their development. We encourage activities that challenge the students in a positive manner,” said Doug Olsson, VP, VP/AIM Media Midwest and publisher of The Lima News.
Last year’s bee took 38 rounds to find the winner, Adith Joshua George, of Holy Angels Catholic School. He spelled two final words correctly — zwinglian and chiavetta — to win. He bested Aaron Cron of Parkway Middle School, who misspelled tetragrammaton.