Nyssa Middle School is preparing to host local spellers at the annual bee, returning in person this year. The Malheur County calendar also includes pancakes, crafts, and cultural programs.
Students wait their turn to spell a former county bee, before pandemic restrictions. (Photo from company file)
NYSSA – The Malheur County Spelling Bee is back and in person this year.
The annual event is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at Nyssa Elementary School.
Students in grades one through eight from 19 county schools are expected to compete, said Mathew Murray, principal of Nyssa Elementary.
For the first time in four years, a new champion is assured.
Cadi Corn, now a high school freshman, has won the county title four years in a row. She won the 2021 title in a contest held online, with “cocoon” being the winning word.
The event was last held live in 2020, just before Oregon entered pandemic restrictions.
This year’s event opens at 8 a.m. Participants and observers will be required to observe masking and other Covid protocols.
The first round begins at 8:30 a.m. as students compete at each grade level.
The winners of each rank then enter the final “fate” to decide who is the county champion.
The winner is eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC
Fees for the champion and one adult to go to nationals are covered by money raised for the Malheur County event.
Those wishing to donate to support the spelling bee can make a check payable to Malheur County Spelling Bee and deliver or mail it to the elementary school at 809 Bower Ave., Nyssa, 97913.
Other upcoming events in Malheur County:
Pancakes: A drive-in pancake dinner will be offered on Shrove Tuesday, March 1, at Vale Methodist Church. Dinner will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
DIVERSITY: The Four Rivers Cultural Center offers a series of lectures on ‘diverse ability’, equity and inclusion. The focus will be on people who are living with deafness or visual impairment, and those caring for people with Down syndrome or autism. The program continues one Thursday per month until May, at 6 p.m.
The program will focus on performers on March 10; caring for someone with Down syndrome, April 14; caring for autism, May 12.
UFO NIGHT: ExZacht Sewing invites artisans to come together and work on their unfinished items — sewing, crocheting, painting and other projects — this Friday, February 25. Visits are welcome from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The store is at 289 A St. West in Vale.
YOGA: Chair Yoga and Meditation is offered Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Vale Senior Center, 100 Longfellow St. S. The class is Taleah Zueger’s senior project.
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