Illinois Spellers Among Contestants for National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee began Wednesday and there are a number of Illinois spellers in the competition.

This year’s spell-fest will take place from May 24 to May 26 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

More than a dozen students from Illinois will be among the 200-plus contestestants fighting for the title of spelling bee champion.

  • Alette Eide, Chicago, Illinois
  • Aditya Badlani, Chicago, Illinois
  • Mira Dedhia, Chicago, Illinois
  • Nina Fonseca, Chicago, Illinois
  • Sarah Campbell, Chicago, Illinois
  • Ved G. Patel, Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Rabya Hasnain, Decatur, Illinois
  • Jessica Aubart, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Rebekah Grace Zeigler, Dixon, Illinois
  • Olivia Rachel Charles, Freeport, Illinois
  • Nicholas M. Wilson, Geneva, Illinois
  • Marlene M. Schaff, Grayslake, Illinois
  • Olivia M. Blanchette, Kankakee, Illinois
  • Kodai Speich, Loves Park, Illinois
  • Kyle DeWayne Skinner, Moline, Illinois
  • Nick Winkelman, Morris, Illinois
  • Benjamin Lee Hollis, Peoria, Illinois
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