Houston to Host the Nation’s Largest Regional Spelling Bee April 7

Fifty-three spellers representing grades second through eighth from 1,060 schools in 34 Texas counties go letter-to-letter at the 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest regional spelling bee on Saturday, April 7. The top two spellers will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the week of May 27- June 1 in the Washington, D.C. area.

The live competition starts at 1:30pm this Saturday at James D. Ryan Middle School at 2610 Elgin Street, and the televised highlights will air at 3:30pm Saturday, April 14 on TV8.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Practice round

1:30 p.m.: Spelling Bee begins

*Times subject to change based on the length of bee

While it’s anybody’s contet to win, a few of the contenders to watch include:

Pranav Chemudupaty, speller no. 42 of Pearland/Alvin – 5th in 2015 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee.

Her brother, Aditya Chemudupaty, was 2009 and 2010 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee champion.

Ian Robertson, speller no. 12 of Kingwood – 5th in 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee

Adam Latta, speller no. 3 of Missouri City

Sahil Kulkarni, speller no. 11 of Sugar Land

Luke Miles, speller no. 47 of Katy

Presley Priddy, speller no. 53 of Katy

For live, real-time updates of the spelling bee, follow the Houston Public Media Facebook page and on Twitter @HoustonPubMedia using the hashtag #spellingbee.

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