County students head to state bee
Three Columbia County students will attend a statewide spelling bee at the Oregon State Fair in August after winning the Columbia County spelling bee earlier this month.
The Northwest Regional Education Service District held the Columbia County district spelling bee on May 16. The bee tests the spelling aptitude of students throughout the county.
Students in three different grade divisions were asked to spell 25 words as well as five tie-breaker words, according to a press release from the competition. Winners were selected by how many words they spelled correctly. Division 1 is for grades 1 to 5. Division 2 is for grades 6 to 8. Division 3 is for grades 9 to 12.
In order to compete at the district level earlier this month, students took part in local spelling bees in Clatskanie, Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainier and Vernonia school districts. The top two spellers from each school district then competed at the countywide spelling bee.
The statewide spelling bee is hosted annually by Oregon Spellers, a volunteer-run organization that promotes youth spelling excellence.
Columbia County Spelling Bee results
Division 1 (Grades 1-5)
Division 2 (Grades 6-8)
Division 3 (Grades 9-12)