Politics, high gas prices, the arena. Tired of the same old, same old? Then join parents, teachers and friends on Wednesday, March 7, as 57 of the area's top spellers compete in the 29th annual California Central Valley Spelling Bee.
Hosted by The Sacramento Bee with help from Shriners Hospital for Children and Sierra Health Foundation, the winner of the local event will go on to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., from May 27-June 1.
Returning to defend his 2011 title will be Jack Maglalang, a 6th grader from Pershing Elementary. Jack will be facing some tough competition this year as Kajal Maran, who finished 2nd in 2010 (the year the spellers we so good officials had to get additional words) and Aditya Mishra, the brother of the 2010 winner Anvita Mishra of Roseville.
The event begins at 9:30 sharp at the Scottish Rite Center at 6151 H St. in Sacramento. Pronouncer Bob Nathan will be joined by judges Cheryl Dell, president and publisher of The Bee, and Margaret Bryan, chief administrator at Shriners.
The public is invited to join the families and friends who will be there to cheer on their favorite speller and to see who will take home the trophy for 2012.