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The 2016 Tennessee Titans Regional Spelling Bee was held on Saturday, March 12 at Nissan Stadium. The champion will advance to represent middle Tennessee in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. But the regional spelling bee almost didn’t happen until the Tennessee Titans stepped in.

“When we heard the regional bee was in jeopardy due to lack of sponsorship, it was important to our ownership group to step in,” said Tina Tuggle, Titans Director of Community Relations. “Without a regional spelling bee, our students wouldn’t have the opportunity to advance and compete in the national spelling bee. We are proud to bring local students the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program.”

Students were only  required to win their local school’s spelling bee in order to be eligible to participate in the 2016 Tennessee Titans Regional Spelling Bee. There is no requirement to participate in a county-wide bee.

A total of 59 schools across 30 counties in middle Tennessee are currently registered to participate.

Congratulations to Woodland Middle School student,Abigail Burton who won this year’s spelling Abigail Burton bee. Abby competed for 18 rounds and the winning word was perquisite – definition: an incidental payment, benefit, privilege or advantage over and above regular income, salary or wages: among the president’s perequisites were free use of a company car andpaid membership in a country club.Middle Tennessee has had two recent semifinalists in the national competition, in 2013 and 2014.

For more information on the Scripps National Spelling Bee program.

 

 

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