Watch Kane County's Tejas Katira Compete May 31 in Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Watch Kane County’s Tejas Katira Compete May 31 in Scripps National Spelling Bee!

The Scripps Cup, the Bee’s national championship trophy, was designed by Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio, and introduced in 2019. (CREDIT: spellingbee.com)

Kane County’s very own Tejas Katira, 14, from Larsen Middle School in Elgin (School District U-46) is competing in this year’s Scripts National Spelling Bee, and you can watch him in the preliminaries set for May 31.

According to the Kane County Regional Office of Education‘s School of Thought e-newsletter, 234 spellers earned their spots as national competitors by advancing through regional spelling bees, competing against students representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.

Katira won the Kane County Final Spelling Bee on March 15 at Thompson Middle School in St. Charles School District 303.

Kane County residents can watch the preliminaries, which start at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, and the quarterfinals, which start at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, via free streaming platforms on the ION Plus and Bounce XL channels.

The semifinals will be held at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, and finals begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2. The semifinals and finals also will be live-streamed on ION Plus and Bounce XL.

“The Road to the Bee,” a one-hour special, will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, on ION and Bounce.

SOURCE: Kane County Regional Office of Education’s School of Thought e-newsletter

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