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Who are Salida’s best spellers? With the Scripps Spelling Bee starting up here on Thursday, Jan. 27, students in grades 5-8 will put their knowledge to the test.

The event began at 8:00 a.m. the Crest Academy, to be followed by Salida Middle School’s (SMS) bee at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the band room.

A blast from the past: Early competitors in the National Scripps Bee celebrate their knowledge. Image/Scripps National Spelling Bee

The top three spellers from Crest and SMS will then advance to the Salida Schools championship at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3 at Crest Academy, 627 Oak. St. The winner then moves to the next round of the Scripps bee.

The nationwide event draws about 11 million kids each year.

Colorado’s state bee is set for Saturday, March 5 at the University of Denver, with the champion qualifying for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 29-June 3 in National Harbor, MD.

Zaila Avant-garde of New Orleans took home the national honors in 2021, spelling “Murraya,” a genus of flowering plants. Over the years, kids have conquered words such as “scherenschnitte,” “succedaneum,” and “guetapens.” In the bee’s first year in 1925, Frank Neuhasuer of Kentucky won the event with a relatively easy “gladiolus.”

For more information on the Salida bees, contact Kim LeTourneau: