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B – E – E there: CHASS co-hosts spelling bee

Remember how your grade-school knees knocked as you stood in front of your whole class to try to spell “ridiculous” or “parfait”? Relive those nerve-racking moments this Saturday at the Wake County Spelling Bee, co-hosted by NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education.

Students from 83 schools will gather in Witherspoon Auditorium on the NC State campus Saturday, February 26, from 9:00 am – noon, to compete for a spot as a finalist in the national Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

“It’s the first time in 13 years that Wake County students are able to participate in a countywide spelling bee,” said Dr. Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of English and coordinator for the university’s involvement. “We are so glad to play a part in making the bee possible for these school children.”

Wolfram assures it will be a fun event. “I’m a sports enthusiast,” he laughs. “I think it is wonderful that we celebrate an academic sport. These children have trained as intensely as any other type of athlete for a competition.”

Come show your support for our young academic athletes and their accomplishments in this year’s bee.