Merced County Spelling Bees approaching

Students will soon be brushing up on their word skills, as it’s almost time for the Merced County Spelling Bees.

Both 2013-14 Merced County Spelling Bees will be held Dec. 3 and 4 at the Atwater Community Center and at the Merced County Office of Education, and students have been studying nonstop to earn a spot at the top, according to a Merced County Office of Education news release.

On Dec. 3, about 80 students from grades 4, 5 and 6 of 41 elementary schools will compete at 9 a.m. at the Atwater Community Center, and on Dec. 4, approximately 25 students in grades 7 and 8 from 12 junior high schools will compete at 9 a.m. at the Merced County Office of Education’s Clark and Newbold conference rooms.

Barbara Cole, coordinator for the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program at MCOE, is the word master for the elementary competition, and Michelle Symes, state and federal programs coordinator at MCOE, will be the word master for the junior high competition.

Words and definitions will be given to students before they put their spelling skills into action. First- and second-place winners from both competitions will represent Merced County at the state championships.

The elementary study word list is provided by the San Joaquin County Office of Education, which holds the elementary state spelling bee championship. The Marin County Office of Education provides the junior high word list and holds the state championship in San Rafael.

For more information about the spelling bees, contact Valerie LeDuc at (209) 381-5910.