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 What’s Buzzing? The 46th Annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee

​Spelling matters, even in today’s times of omnipresent computer spell check, “text speak,” and hashtags (#SDBee). The more than 100 students who will take the stage for the Spelling Bee are proving that by participating in one of the most time-honored of all academic competitions. 

Seventh- and 8th- grade students from UT Spelling Bee logo​public and independent schools throughout San Diego County will take the stage on March 19 for the ​​46th Annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee.

Renowned Spelling Bee Master Dr. David Hay, in his 34th year as Bee Master, will offer a variety of nouns, verbs and adjectives as the students try to spell their way to the top. When he's not presiding over the Countywide Spelling Bee, Hay is an Adjunct Professor of English/Coordinator of International Faculty Programs, University of San Diego.

The event begins at 9:15 a.m. at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The public is invited to attend. Can't make it to Balboa Park? Don't worry about it! The Countywide Spelling Bee will be streamed live at and on Cox Channel 810, Time Warner Channel 210. Follow @SanDiegoCOE for live tweets from the competition and use #SDBee to share your excitement on social media! 

The winning speller will go on to represent San Diego County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee​ in Washington D.C. in May, potentially building on San Diego’s winning history at the National Bee.

Along with U-T San Diego, the Countywide Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego County Credit Union, ABC 10News, San Diego Hall of Champions, and Southwest Airlines.