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Mississippi’s Top Spellers Compete Live on MPB TV March 15
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Mississippi’s Top Spellers Compete Live on MPB TV March 15

JACKSON, Miss – Mississippi Public Broadcasting will broadcast the 2016 Mississippi Statewide Spelling Bee live on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. Twenty-five students from across the state will compete in the educational event.

In addition to being broadcast live on MPB TV, a live stream of the Spelling Bee will be available at, and viewers can also watch later at their own convenience via MPB’s YouTube channel.

The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Educators.

“The Mississippi Association of Educators is honored to provide the opportunity for students to showcase their academic talents,” said Joyce Helmick, President of MAE. “We are excited to be working with MPB and look forward to our continued relationship as we promote scholastic achievement of students across the state.”

MAE will provide the winner with a cash award toward expenses to compete in the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. on May 22-27 of this year.

According to the E. W. Scripps Company, which administers the National Spelling Bee program, the spelling bee is open to students who have neither turned 16 nor passed beyond the eighth grade and who currently attend schools that officially enrolled with the spelling bee program for the current academic year. A complete list of rules can be found at


Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides educational and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network. MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources. MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules. MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 400 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards. For more information on MPB, its programs, mission or educational resources, please visit


2016 Mississippi Statewide Spelling Bee Participants

Lucia Barberna - 6th  grade, Homeschooled, Jackson County

Malanie Bell – 6th grade, Orange Grove Elementary, Harrison County

Kerrigan Rose Ceccio – 8th grade, Byram Middle School, Hinds County

Leanna Corral – 8th grade, Pearl River Central Middle School, Pearl River County

Raven Simone Dent – 8th grade, Robert Lewis Magnet School, Adams County

Kaisen Dixon – 5th grade, Pearl River Elementary, Leake County

Claire Douglas – 8th grade, Laurel Christian School, Jones County

Jhavoris Tyric Jack – 5th grade, Lucedale Intermediate School, George County

Courtney Jackson – 8th grade, Stringer Attendance Center, West Jasper

Bennett Jones – 6th grade, Lipsey Middle School, Lincoln County

Shreenithi Lakshminarayanan – 6th grade, Olde Town Middle, Madison County

Vaibhavi Mahajan – 6th grade, Highland Bluff Elementary, Rankin County

Jaxen McKay – 5th grade, Union Middle, Newton County

Stevonta Mayfield – 8th grade, Waynesboro Middle, Wayne County

Addyson Necaise – 8th grade, Stone Middle, Stone County

Yolanda Ni – 5th grade, Long Leaf Elementary, Lamar County

McKayla Odom – 8th grade, Southeast Lauderdale Middle, Lauderdale County

Sarah Spencer – 7th grade, Presbyterian Christian, Forest County

Marissa Stevens – 8th grade, Quitman Junior High, Clarke County

Angelina Sun – 4th grade, Mendenhall Elementary, Simpson County

Natalia Tavarez – 8th grade, New Hebron Attendance Center, Lawrence County

Emma Thornhill – 5th grade, West Marion Elementary, Marion County

Jordan Townes – 6th grade, Warren Central Intermediate, Warren County

Adriana Tran – 5th grade, Prentiss Christian, Jefferson Davis County

Ella Turcotte - 4th grade, East Hancock Elementary, Hancock County