Young wordsmiths will test their skills next month at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

The UMFK Office of Community Education will host the Northern District (Aroostook County) Scripps National Spelling Bee competition for middle school students on Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Fox Auditorium.

Maine School Administrative District 27 is sponsoring the 2018 competition under the supervision of district librarian Deanna Jalbert.

The winners of the Northern District spelling bee will continue on to the state of Maine competition. The state winners advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which ESPN will air this spring.

Dr. Erin Soucy, UMFK’s Director of Nursing, will be the bee master for the competition. Judges for the event include Jennifer Shapiro, UMFK Community Education Specialist, Shannon Lugdon, Administrative Assistant in Community Education, and UMFK Development Officer Linda Deprey.

“We are very pleased to be hosting this event on our campus again this year.” said UMFK Dean of Community Education, Scott Voisine. “This spelling bee is an event that celebrates academic achievement and provides young people the opportunity to hone skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.”

The spelling bee is free, and open to the public.

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