PCS, Oak Grove students spell their way to state bee

By BETH BUNCH,

Two Hub City students will compete in the 2019 Mississippi Spelling Bee Tuesday, March 19.

Aaron Marcev, a seventh-grade student at Presbyterian Christian, and Oak Grove Middle School eighth grader Yolanda Ni will give it their best shot among 40 students from school districts across the state. They range in age from a third grader to students in eighth grade.

Marcev and his identical twin brother, Andrew, made history last year when they were among two sets of twins who competed in the National Spelling Bee held in Maryland.

The spelling bee will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television.

The spelling bee will take place in the television studio at MPB, 3825 Ridgewood Road in Jackson. Because of limited seating, the bee is not open to the general public.

The winner of the Mississippi competition will advance to the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for May 30 at  the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

This year’s spelling bee champion will emerge from an initial pool of 11 million school spelling bee participants.

The winner will receive a $40,000 cash prize and the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy. From Merriam-Webster, the winner will receive a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a reference library.

The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Educators. Lead judge for this year’s bee is Dr. Dennis Watts, assistant to the president Belhaven University. Other judges are the Rev. Carol Mead, rector at St. Peter’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church Brandon; Amber May, programs director for Operation Shoestring; and Ercilla Dometz-Hendrix, policy analyst for the University Research Center.