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 Annual Spelling Bee Returns Tomorrow

Nearly 100 students in 7th and 8th grade will try to spell their way to the top Tuesday at the 45th Annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee.

The event will run from 9:15 a.m. to about 1 p.m. at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, 2131 Pan American Plaza.

The winning speller will go on to represent San Diego County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May.

San Diego County has a history of making a strong showing at the national level. The local winner in 2012, Francis Parker School student Snigdha Nandipati, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In 2005, Anurag Kashyap, a student from Poway, was the national champion.

"The Spelling Bee is one of the most time-honored of all academic competitions," said Nicole Shina, who coordinates the Spelling Bee for the San Diego County Office of Education. "It’s a nice reminder that even in a world where we’re all texting and tweeting, spelling is important."

The Bee will be live steamed by Channel 10 at The public is also invited to participate in the Bee LIVE from home: Use #SDbee on Twitter and follow @SanDiegoCOE and @10News​.​