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Portland-area students will compete Saturday, March 09, for a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Pamplin Media Group's 2018 Regional Spelling Bee finalists.Nervous energy will be in the air as a group of 43 Portland-area students vie for the opportunity to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., at the Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee.

The competition will heat up at the Hollywood Theatre on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

The winner earns an expense-paid week in Washington, D.C. and the right to compete in the Super Bowl of spelling bees, the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins on May 27, 2019.

Kabir Rathore Muthu, a seventh grader at Access Academy, was the winner of the 2018 Pamplin Media Regional Spelling Bee. Shown here with his father, Prabu Muthu, Kabir went on to finish 42nd overall at the 2018 National Spelling Bee in Washington DC where he competed against hundreds of other spellers from around the nation.The Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee invites fourth through eighth grade students attending Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas county public, private, alternative and home school groups to compete in the regional spelling bee. Students advance to the regional bee after winning their individual school bees.

The Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee will test the spellers on words from the 2019 Pronouncer Guide, the official word list provided by Scripps National Spelling Bee. The pronouncer for the Regional Spelling Bee is David Miller, from OPB's Think Outloud.

Pamplin Media Group launched the Regional Spelling Bee in 2004 in order to give Portland- area students an opportunity to compete on a national level in an academic arena. This is the only Regional Spelling Bee in Oregon so the event's winner will represent the entire state.

"We are so proud to be in our 16th year with the Regional Spelling Bee. It is so rewarding to watch these students succeed and have a love for learning, " said J. Brian Monihan, Vice President of Pamplin Media Group.

More than 250 students from around the country and the world compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In order to compete in the national spelling bee, the student must be sponsored by a local newspaper. Along with competing in the bee, the winning student will have the opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. and participate in organized social events with other spellers.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee was started by The Louisville-Courier-Journal in 1925 with nine sponsoring newspapers and nine contestants. It was made famous by the thrilling documentary movie Spellbound, and more recently by the movie Aquilla and the Bee. Now ESPN airs it live and Network TV airs the final rounds live, which has greatly increased community awareness of the event.

ABOUT THE REGIONAL SPELLING BEE:

When: March 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Theatre

4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97212

Price: Free

Students compete:

43 students in 4th through 8th grade will compete.

Regional winner goes to national competition:

The Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee winner on March 9, 2019, will travel to Washington, D.C. and compete in the National Spelling Bee on May 27, 2019.

Promoting literacy:

The National Spelling Bee first started in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Little did they know that their literacy effort would reach 11 million students every year.

The Bee's purpose:

The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.

2019 OREGON REGIONAL SPELLING BEE FINALISTS

Each is listed by school along with their winning word from their school final.

Access Academy

Jackson Morris

7th Grade

deification

Archer Glen Elementary School

Brady Edinger

4th Grade

salutation

Arts and Communication Magnet Academy

Raquel Amezcua

8th Grade

meniscus

Boones Ferry Primary School

Annika Martin

5th Grade

marigolds

Carden Cascade Academy

Marcella Hansen

6th Grade

astonishment

Cedar Park Middle School

Finn Grob

6th Grade

auf wiedersehen

Christ the King Catholic School

Justice Diaz

4th Grade

angora

Corbett School

Kevin Navan

5th Grade

fulcrum

Da Vinci Middle School

Scarlet Hasseries

7th Grade

kelpies

Damascus Middle School

Francis Gierer

6th Grade

dystopia

East Orient Elementary School

Mason Filbert

5th Grade

formula

Edy Ridge Elementary School

Marina Yoshinaka

5th Grade

antagonism

Forest Hills Elementary School

Alyssa Baek

5th Grade

garrison

French American International School

Euan Clendenning

5th Grade

insinuate

Grace Lutheran School

Deanna Proskurnya

6th Grade

invalid

Hallinan Elementary School

Audrey Bohrer-Clancy

5th Grade

salutation

Hazelbrook Middle School

Rylee McMillin

7th Grade

meniscus

Highland Park Middle School

Luke Meier

7th Grade

intertia

Islamic School Of Met

Amineh Zakarneh

7th Grade

ameliorate

J. Clyde Hopkins Elementary School

Payton Jewett

4th Grade

execrations

Jackson Middle School

Abdullah Al-Jilani

7th Grade

kelpies

Lake Grove Elementary School

Alexis Zou

5th Grade

bronchitis

Lake Oswego Middle School

Alana Penoyer

8th Grade

cologne

Lakeridge Middle School

Justin Rim

6th Grade

aphorism

Le Monde French Immersion Charter School

Ella Naser

4th Grade

garret

Meadow Park Middle School

Kanishk Premchancer

6th Grade

chloroform

Middleton Elementary School

Devin Jedan

5th Grade

tergiversation

Mountain View Middle School

Kaley Wetzel

6th Grade

conservatory

Multisensory Learning Academy

Leena Saied

5th Grade

brainstorm

Oak Creek Elementary School

Isabel Pancoast

5th Grade

beneath

Phonics Factory

Keilah Sander

8th Grade

espionage

River Grove Elementary School

Ellie Wang

5th Grade

relinquish

St. John The Baptist Catholic School

Riley Herington

7th Grade

miscreant

St. Thomas Moore School

Catie Dice

8th Grade

docile

Stoller Middle School

Namrata Venkatesan

8th Grade

jamboree

The Madeleine Elementary School

Alice Redford-Brown

7th Grade

sumptuous

Thomas R. Fowler Middle School

Mason Van Doren

7th Grade

dismissal

Three Rivers Charter School

Arush Goswami

5th Grade

tajine

Village Home Education Resource

Micah McLeod-Harrison

6th Grade

chloroform

Westgate Christian School

Kian Monsef

7th Grade

balustrades

Westridge Elementary School

Ashley Park

5th Grade

shriek

Whitford Middle School

Maile Sass

6th Grade

kelpies

Winterhaven School

Agatha Chang

7th Grade

felicitously

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