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Ludington Daily News Community Spelling Bee Tuesday will send winner to D.C.

February 16, 2017 GMT

The top spellers from eight local schools will gather on Ludington’s Peterson Auditorium stage Tuesday night for the 20th annual Ludington Daily News Community Spelling Bee.

The winner will earn a trip to Washington, D.C., later in the spring to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Ludington Daily News Community Spelling Bee was launched in 1998 with support from the Partners in Education, local businesses and organizations.

The 2017 Partners in Education are the Ludington Daily News, Great Lakes Energy, Little Caesars Pizza of Ludington, West Shore Community College, West Shore ESD, Pennies from Heaven Foundation, and West Shore Bank.

Local students in grades 5 through 8 earn seats in the community spelling bee by taking first or second place in their grade level at their school spelling bees.

This year, a total of 50 students from Ludington’s Foster Elementary School, O.J. DeJonge Middle School, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Covenant Christian, Ludington Area Catholic, Pentwater and Hart are scheduled to compete.

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The Ludington Daily News Community Spelling Bee awards prizes to the top five contestants including the trip to the national bee for the winner. All those prizes are all made possible by the local Partners in Education.

This year, the winner will receive — in addition to the expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee — a Merriam-Webster unabridged online certificate for one year, a $100 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond, a Sugarman Award, a $25 Amazon gift card, a book donated by Book Mark and Nautical Yarn, and a gold medal.

The prizes for second place are a Merriam-Webster 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary, a $25 Amazon gift card, a book donated by Book Mark and Nautical Yarn and a silver medal.

The third-place prizes are a book donated by Book Mark and Nautical Yarn and a bronze medal.

The fourth-place prizes are a book donated by Book Mark and Nautical Yarn and a bronze medal.

The fifth-place prizes are a book donated by Book Mark and Nautical Yarn and a bronze medal.