Spellers vie for spots at Scripps

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Telegram Spelling Bee winner will represent province in Washington, D.C.

Sixty-four students from Newfoundland and Labrador will do their best this Saturday at The Telegram’s 2014 Spelling Bee, but there’ll be only one winner when all is said and done.

Cassandra Clowe-Coish of St. John’s waits to spell a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md.,  in 2013. — Associated Press file photo

The second annual Telegram Spelling Bee will be held in St. John’s at Holy Heart Theatre, with participating students representing 32 schools from across Newfoundland.

Last year’s winner, Holy Cross Junior High student Cassandra Clowe-Coish, will be back to defend her title on Saturday. She correctly spelled "tenuous" to earn a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held each year in Washington, D.C. She got her words right in rounds two and three at the latter event, but did not qualify for the semi-final round.

In addition to earning a trip to Scripps for the week of May 25 along with a guest, the winner will receive an individual trophy, a school trophy, and a $2,000 cash prize.

“The Telegram is proud to be able to offer this competition to our province’s students and give them an opportunity to showcase their talents at the highest level and possibly provide them with the experience of a lifetime,” said Leo Gosse, an event organizer who is also The Telegram’s reader sales and marketing manager.

Participants took part in local spelling bees to qualify for Saturday’s event.

Telegram managing editor Steve Bartlett will host the spelling bee, with Memorial University lecturer Shannon Patrick Sullivan back to handle pronunciation duties. Associate managing editor and columnist Pam Frampton is the senior judge, with features editor Mark Vaughn-Jackson and Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador CEO Sandra Patterson joining her on the judges panel.



Organizations: Scripps, Holy Heart Theatre, Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographic location: Washington, D.C.

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