Each year hundreds of students, representing grades four through eight, participate in the countywide spell-off. Placer County school districts participate by administering written examinations at local schools to determine which students would take part in the oral competition.
The oral event begins with an impressive competition with fourth grade students. At the conclusion of grade level competitions, grade level finalists pit their skills against one another for one last round — the Grand Finals. Each grade level demonstrates a high degree of skill, spelling such words as “influx,” “decipher,” “coercive,” “chagrin,” “pernicious,” and “pseudonym.”
The two top elementary and junior high winners of the Grand Finals will represent Placer County at the California State Spelling Bee Championships. Instructional leaders throughout Placer County pronounce and judge the competition each year. Trophies are awarded to the Grand Finalists in each grade level. All students receive ribbons and certificates for participating in the County Spelling Bee.
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