John Thomas, of Chadds Ford Elementary School, Addison Liu, of C.F. Patton Middle School, Rhea Choudhary, of Hillendale Elementary School, Blake Ciresa, of Kennett Middle School and Arjun Suryawanshi, of Pocopson Elementary School were among 50 students who have advanced to the Chester County Spelling Bee on Feb. 22.
The event, which begins at 9 a.m., will be streamed live on CCiTV and is a qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
According to Barbara Caso, CCIU special events coordinator, each participating school is able to send one student to the Chester County bee who meets the age and grade requirements.
“Each of the participants is the winner from his or her school’s local spelling bee and each school is permitted to determine its own qualifying structure for its entrant, provided it follows the eligibility requirements,” she added.
The last student standing on stage on Feb. 22 will have earned a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and Bee Week. The champion will also receive: the Samuel Louis Sugarman 2017 United States Mint Proof Set award; a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online; and a one year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online. The second-place winner will receive an Amazon gift card and a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, while third place will receive an Amazon gift card.