How do you spell champion, Madison?

Young spellers are vying for a chance at spelling bee glory this weekend.

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38 local children are competing in the All-City spelling bee this weekend. | Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Things will be buzzing at Mitby Theater on Madison College’s Traux Campus this Saturday. That’s because 38 champion spellers from Madison’s public and private schools will be competing in the annual All-City Spelling Bee.

This weekend’s winner will have their name engraved on a trophy, which includes the name of every All-City champion since 1968. The trophy will be displayed at the winner’s school until next year’s bee.

The top three spellers at the bee will represent Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 2 in the statewide competition. That competition, the Badger State Spelling Bee, will be held on Saturday, March 15, also at Mitby Theater.

From there, the top two state spellers will travel to Washington, DC for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking place on May 28. Last year’s national champion, Dev Shah, a 14-year-old from Largo, Florida, won $50,000, plus gifts and prizes.

Come out to the theater and support the young spellers. The action starts at 9 a.m. The room will be filled with J-O-C-U-N-D-I-T-Y, jocundity.