PLAIN TOWNSHIP Area spellers will vie for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday at GlenOak High School.
Fifty spellers, representing Stark, Carroll, Holmes and Tuscarawas counties, will participate in the 72nd Canton Repository Regional Final Spelling Bee, presented by Malone University.
The winner and his or her parent will get an expenses-paid trip to Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the banks of the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, Md., to compete from May 27-June 2 in the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The champion speller also will receive a Mint Proof Set in June 2018 from Jay Sugarman (Samuel Louis Sugarman Award); a subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online Dictionary; Brittanica Online Premium subscription; a watch from Julz by Alan Rodriguez; and a plaque for his or her school.
The bee will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the GlenOak theater at 1801 Schneider St. NE. The event is free and open to the public.
Taking part in the bee are:
Master of ceremonies: Rich Desrosiers, executive editor, GateHouse Ohio Media.
Judges: Rodney Dick, associate professor of English, Mount Union University; Laura Kessel, engagement editor, The Canton Repository; Stephen Neaderhiser, assistant professor of English, Kent State University at Stark.
Rounds judge: Shawn Selby, Kent State University at Stark.
Pronouncer: M.J. Albacete, retired executive director Canton Museum of Art.