Mississippi Spelling Bee will broadcast live March 19 on MPB Television
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JACKSON, Miss. – The 2019 Mississippi Spelling Bee will broadcast live at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television. Forty students from several school districts will compete.

The spelling bee will take place in the television studio at MPB. Due to limited seating, the bee is not open to the general public. The winner of the Mississippi competition will advance to the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee set for May 30.

The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Educators. Lead judge for this year’s bee is Dr. Dennis Watts, assistant to the president of Belhaven University. Other judges are the Rev. Carol Mead, rector at St. Peter’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church in Brandon; Amber May, programs director for Operation Shoestring; and Ercilla Dometz-Hendrix, policy analyst for the University Research Center.

See chart below for names, schools and districts of the Mississippi competitors. Get more information online at http://www.mpbonline.org/spellingbee/.
 

Name

Grade

Age

School Name

District

Tavia Morris

6th

13

Robert Lewis Magnet School

Natchez Adams School District

Alexis Price

7th

12

Corinth Junior High School

Corinth School District

Madison Ash

8th

14

Hickory Flat Attendance Center

Benton County School District

Risaad Alam

5th

11

Bell Elementary

Cleveland County School District

Aiden McDill

4th

10

Quitman Upper Elementary

Quitman County School District

Elise Ellington

8th

14

W. A. Higgins Academy

Clarksdale Municipal School District

Iris Xue

7th

13

Desoto Central Middle School

Desoto County School District

Aaron Marcev

7th

12

Presbyterian Christian

George County School District

Carley Bradley

4th

10

Central Elementary

George County School District

Matthew Simpson

7th

12

Saint Stanislaus

Catholic Diocese of Bay St. Louis

Elizabeth Simpson

5th

10

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi

Sam Connelly

8th

13 

Homeschool

Christian Home Educators Connection

Nathaniel Edwards

6th

12

Itawamba Attendance Center

Itawamba County School District

Kamora Hawthorne

7th

12

G. W. Carver Elementary

Jefferson Davis County School District

Lana Piercy

5th

10

Moselle Elementary School

Jones County School District

Keerthin Karthikeyan

8th

13

Oxford Middle School

Oxford School District

Yolanda Ni

8th

12

Oak Grove Middle School

Lamar County School District

Cannon Graham

7th

13

West Lauderdale Middle School

Lauderdale County School District

Buford Billie

7th

12

Red Water Elementary

Choctaw Tribal Schools

Raymond Yang

5th

11

Saltillo Elementary School

Lee County School District

Adrianna Brown

7th

12

Greenwood Middle School

Greenwood Public School District

Quinn Boerner

8th

13

Alexander Junior High

Brookhaven School District

Sidney Stegall

8th

14

Heritage Academy

Lowndes County School District

Natalia Igwebuike

8th

13

St. Joseph Catholic School

National Catholic Educational

Hayley Lowery

3rd

8

West Marion Primary

Marion County School District

Sierra Lochala

7th

12

Hatley School

Monroe County School District

Kushi Kaura

4th

10

Newton County Elementary

Newton County School District

Soyeon Parks

8th

14

Armstrong Middle School

Starkville Oktibbeha School District

Autumn Conway

7th

13

Pope School

South Panola School District

Katie Davila

8th

14

Middle School of Poplarville

Poplarville Separate School District

Kaleb Stegall

8th

15

North Pontotoc Middle School

Pontotoc County School District

Taylor Blythe

7th

13

Hills Chapel

Prentiss County School District

Eltahir Zein

5th

11

Highland Bluff Elementary

Rankin County School District

Jartavious Thornton

8th

14

Mendenhall Junior High School

Simpson County School District

Chester Burton

5th

11

A.W. James Elementary School

Sunflower County School District

Persephanie Tanna

6th

12

R.H. Bearden

West Tallahatchie School District

Ashton Rojas

8th

13

Belmont School

Tishomingo County SP Municipal School District

Christian  Fonseca

5th

10

New Albany Elementary

New Albany Public School District

Lauren Cooley

6th

12

Beechwood Elementary

Vicksburg Warren County School District

Maddox Walker

8th

14

Clara School

Wayne County School District