Students to gather for regional spelling bee in Staples

The local winner will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Hannah Moddes speaks in a microphone after winning the regional spelling bee.
Forestview Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Moddes pauses Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, before she says "cool" when Katie Embree of Sourcewell in Staples tells her she is going to Washington, D.C. Hannah competed in the regional spelling bee and won, advancing her to the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 26-31 in Washington, D.C. The spelling bee hasn't been an in-person event since 2019.
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STAPLES — More than 30 students from schools in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties will take the stage Wednesday, March 23, at Sourcewell in Staples for the 2022 Regional Spelling Bee.

The spelling bee is back in person for the first time in two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The local winner will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Participating students are third through fifth grades.

The spelling bee begins at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more about this annual spelling event, go to .

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