Katrine Bogardus of Dayville and Riley Reames of Prairie City will be representing Grant County this year at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship.

They are part of a record 68 spellers coming from 29 counties in Oregon scheduled to challenge their spelling skills at the Oregon State Fair Saturday, Sept. 3, in Salem. Students competing in the Championship have won their school, district and county written spelling contests. This is the eighth year Oregon Spellers has sponsored the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship. Oregon Spellers is an all-volunteer group funded solely by donations and sponsored by the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (oatag.org). The association and many generous donors make it possible to award monetary prizes for first, second and third place at each level: elementary, middle and high school. Oregon Spellers was formed after the Oregon Department of Education ended their support for the spelling contest in 2009. Local and regional coordinators are sought to expand the program to areas and schools not currently participating. For more information, visit oregonspellers.org.

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