Students from schools in Horry and Georgetown counties are competing in The Sun News Regional Spelling Bee on March 11.
The event, sponsored by The Sun News, starts at 3 p.m. at St. James High School and the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent the Grand Strand in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28 through June 3.
Fifty-four elementary, middle and intermediate students from 52 different schools will compete in the contest, which is free for the public to attend. The spelling bee will also be live-streamed on myrtlebeachonline.com.
Below are a few students who will compete.
Ellison Grace Fortner: Fifth grade, Conway Elementary School
Future plans: “I want to excel in either the medical field or become an actress. When I went to the hospital, I could tell the doctors and nurses really enjoyed helping people and I would too. I’m interested in acting because I like to express myself.”
Preparation: “I prepare by reading and studying words every night. I’d be so happy, and feel accomplished if I won.”
Beyza Donmezer: Fifth grade, Carolina Forest Elementary School
Future plans: “First, I’d like to finish college. After college, I want to work as a journalist or news person because my mother says I’m very good at talking and I’m not shy.”
Preparation: “First, my after-school teacher helped me prepare by giving me some packets of words to write three times.”
Carmen Melero: Sixth grade, Carver’s Bay Middle School
Future plans: “I would like to become and author because I enjoy writing and reading.”
Preparation: “I have studied non-stop. I write each word five times. Then if I spell it wrong, I write it 10 times, then 20, and so on.”
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian