2016 McKenzie County Spelling Bee Results
McKenzie County conducted its annual spelling bee under the direction of Carol Kieson, McKenzie County Supt. of Schools. The competition was held Wednesday, February 24 at Alexander Public School, hosted by Superintendent Leslie Bieber and her staff. The 2016 State Spelling Bee will be held in Bismarck March 21 at the Ramkota Inn. The North Dakota Masonic Foundation, the North Dakota Association of County Superintendents, and the North Dakota Newspaper Association co-sponsor the State Spelling Bee. The State Bee is affiliated with the National Spelling Bee which will be held in Washington, DC, May 22-May 27 and to which the co-sponsors will send the state winner.
Each county is allowed two entries in the state competition. All contestants compete in a written round of 50 words from which the finalists are chosen. The finalists compete on an equal basis in an oral spelldown with first, second and third place winners being chosen.
Counties adopt plans for their own competitions. McKenzie County's Grades 1-5 take a written test of 25 words. Grades 6.7&8 follow the national rules and are given a test of 50 written words. The top 3 spellers from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades compete in the oral spelldown.