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The spelling bee in Nyssa is on – but it will be words at a distance

(The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan)

NYSSA – Malheur County youngsters will soon have a chance to compete for the chance to represent the county at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this spring. The culminating competition will be hosted virtually on March 11 by Nyssa Elementary School, with 18 schools and students from the first through eighth grades participating. 

It will be the fifth year in a row that Nyssa has hosted the event, and the first time that it’s strictly online. The event is free and the public is invited to watch. 

Students have had the opportunity to study using grade level lists provided by Scripps with words pulled from literature for their age group, said Matt Murray, the principal at Nyssa Elementary School. 

There will be nine competitions, one for each grade . . .