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DeKalb County Spelling Bee to be held Saturday

March 9, 2017 GMT

The annual Daily Chronicle/DeKalb County Regional Office of Education Regional Spelling Bee will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Kishwaukee College Theatre.

Twenty local school winners will compete for the championship. Spellers are:

• Bryanna Sonntag and Sean Abracia-Wendel, Genoa-Kingston Middle School

• Josephine Wilson and Rachel Diaz, Indian Creek Middle School

• Chandler Fruit and Kaylee Bottom, Hiawatha Junior High School

• Susana Martin and Daniel Martin, Sycamore Middle School

• Kaitlin Haley, Clinton Rosette Middle School

• Nolan Bunger, Huntley Middle School

• Ben Jourdan and Kayleigh McReynolds, Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School

• Michelle Quinones and Sydney Van Conant, Sandwich Middle School

• Madeline Short and Evelyn Hentschel, Somonauk Middle School

• Magnus Keswani and Nicholas Kijowski, St. Mary School – Sycamore

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• Levi Thompson and Lillian Schatteman, St. Mary School – DeKalb

The spelling champion will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., provided by the Daily Chronicle to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Other champion prizes include a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Premium donated by Encyclopedia Britannica, a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online Dictionary courtesy of Merriam-Webster, the Samuel Louis Sugarman Certificate Award (a 2017 United States Mint Proof Set) donated by Jay Sugarman and a $25 Amazon gift card.

The runner-up will receive a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, donated by Merriam-Webster and a $25 Amazon gift card.

For information, call the Regional Superintendent of Schools at 815-217-0460.