Mississippi Association of Educators Hosts the Statewide Spelling Bee

The following is a news release from the Mississippi Association of Educators:

Twenty-nine students from across Mississippi will compete live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 10 a.m., March 19 for the Mississippi Championship Spelling Bee Title!  The Mississippi Association of Educators has been honored to sponsor this statewide event for the past five years.

"Working with Mississippi Public Broadcasting has been an enormous benefit to showcase the scholastic talents of some of Mississippi's most extraordinary students," says MAE President Kevin F. Gilbert. MAE is honored to have Kevin Farrell, Assistant Director of Radio for MPB, as the official pronouncer for the competition this year.

During the fall and winter, schools conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom and school level.  School winners send their spelling champions to the district level where they compete in a county-wide spelling bee.  These county winners then compete at the Mississippi Spelling Bee.

The Mississippi Champion advances to the 86th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 28 to compete against Spelling Bee Champions from every state in America.  The Mississippi Association of Educators has made a commitment to fund the expenditures for the Mississippi Spelling Champion and one parent for the National Spelling Bee.  MAE is committed to ensuring Mississippi students are represented at the national level.

Since 1878, MAE has been an advocate for great public schools for every student.  The Mississippi Association of Educators continues to focus on student achievement and student success while empowering school employees, providing quality services and promoting parental/community involvement.  MAE is proud to sponsor the Mississippi Spelling Bee.

In addition to the great partnership of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, MAE would also like to thank the Mississippi Teacher Center for their support of this outstanding event displaying the talents and skills of Mississippi students.

For additional information concerning the Mississippi Spelling Bee, please contact Jerri McGee at 601-354-4463 or jmcgee@nea.org.