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San Diego County Credit Union returns as sponsor of Countywide Spelling Bee

Annual language arts competition celebrates spelling proficiency

3/24/2014 12:00 a.m.

SDCCU, San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, is returning for the eighth consecutive year as a sponsor of the 45th annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee, presented in collaboration with the San Diego County Office of Education.

This year’s Spelling Bee will be held from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.
The Countywide Spelling Bee is open to 7th- and 8th-grade students in public or private schools with a combined enrollment of 30 or more children. The overall winner of the Spelling Bee will be awarded the title of Spelling Bee Champion, and that student with his or her chaperone will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Washington, D.C. area to compete in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, May 25-31.
“The Spelling Bee is one of the most time-honored of all academic competitions,” said Teresa Halleck, president and CEO at SDCCU. “We are proud to partner with the San Diego County Office of Education and the U-T San Diego to once again support this great event. We are especially proud of the eager students who have studied hard and are ready to test their spelling skills as they take part in this edge-of-your-seat competition.”
Last year’s San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee began with 107 students and ended with one champion, Giabao Tonthat, a student at Heritage K-8 Charter in Escondido, Calif. San Diego has a history of making a strong showing at the national level. Francis Parker School’s Snigdha Nandipati won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and Anurag Kashyap, who attended Meadowbrook Middle School in the Poway Unified School District, was the 2005 national champion. Nandipati was the countywide champion in both 2011 and 2012.
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