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Union to host spelling bee March 6

JACKSON, Tenn.March 4, 2010 – Students from 34 West Tennessee schools will compete March 6 in The Jackson Sun’s 2010 Spelling Bee sponsored by Union University.

Spellers will range in age from third to eighth grades, with the winner moving on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 24-29.

“We’re pleased to partner with Union University for the first time on this very important competition,” said Roy Heatherly, publisher of The Jackson Sun. “It’s a great showcase of our students’ achievements in West Tennessee.”

This is the first year Union has sponsored the final rounds of the spelling competition. Qualifying rounds were completed between October and Feb. 5 in a 13-county area of West Tennessee.

Union English professor Gavin Richardson will be the pronouncer for the spelling bee, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Carl Grant Events Center on Union’s campus.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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