January 10, 2019
Young wordsmiths will test their skills next month when the University of Maine at Fort Kent Office of Community Education hosts the Northern District (Aroostook County) Scripps National Spelling Bee competition for middle school students on Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Fox Auditorium (in case of inclement weather on the 7th, the competition will be held the 8th at 6:30 in Fox Auditorium).
Maine School Administrative District 27 is sponsoring the 2019 competition under the supervision of district librarian Deanna Jalbert.
The winners of the Northern District spelling bee will continue on to the state of Maine competition. The state winners advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which ESPN will air this spring.
Aaron Bernstein, UMFK Assistant Director of Media Services will be the bee master for the competition. Judges for the event include Linda Deprey, UMFK Development Officer; Shannon Lugdon, Administrative Specialist in Community Education; and Calvin Johnson, a UMFK student majoring in Computer Applications.
“We are very pleased to be hosting this event on our campus again this year.” said UMFK Dean of Community Education, Scott Voisine. “This spelling bee is an event that celebrates academic achievement and provides young people the opportunity to hone skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.”
The spelling bee is free, and open to the public.