Local, WA’s Dev Jaiswal participates in state spelling

From press reports

Twenty-nine students from across Mississippi were set to compete live
on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19
for the Mississippi Championship Spelling Bee Title! The Mississippi
Association of Educators (MAE) has been honored to sponsor this
statewide event for the past five years.

Among those competing was Dev Jaiswal, a student at Winston Academy.
This will be the second trip for Dev Jaiswal. Due to press deadlines
results were not available.

“Working with Mississippi Public Broadcasting has been an enormous
benefit to showcase the scholastic talents of some of Mississippi’s
most extraordinary students,” says MAE President Kevin F. Gilbert.
MAE is honored to have Kevin Farrell, Assistant Director of Radio for
MPB, as the official pronouncer for the competition this year.

During the fall and winter, schools conduct spelling bee programs at
the classroom and school level. School winners send their spelling
champions to the district level where they compete in a county-wide
spelling bee. These county winners then compete at the Mississippi
Spelling Bee.

The Mississippi Champion advances to the 86th Annual Scripps National
Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 28 to compete against Spelling
Bee Champions from every state in America. The Mississippi
Association of Educators has made a commitment to fund the
expenditures for the Mississippi Spelling Champion and one parent for
the National Spelling Bee. MAE is committed to ensuring Mississippi
students are represented at the national level.

Since 1878, MAE has been an advocate for great public schools for
every student. The Mississippi Association of Educators continues to
focus on student achievement and student success while empowering
school employees, providing quality services and promoting parental/
community involvement. MAE is proud to sponsor the Mississippi
Spelling Bee.

In addition to the great partnership of Mississippi Public
Broadcasting, MAE would also like to thank the Mississippi Teacher
Center for their support of this outstanding event displaying the
talents and skills of Mississippi students.

For additional information concerning the Mississippi Spelling Bee,
please contact Jerri McGee at 601-354-4463 or jmcgee@nea.org.

According to the E. W. Scripps Company, which administers the
National Spelling Bee program, the spelling bee is open to students
who have neither turned 16 nor passed beyond the eighth grade and who
currently attend schools officially enrolled with the spelling bee
program for the current academic year. A complete list of rules can
be found at www.spellingbee.com.

Tune in Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. for the Statewide Spelling Bee
on MPB TV. For more information, visit www.mpbonline.org.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides relevant instructional
and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its
statewide television and radio network. MPB enhances the work of
educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing
informative programming and educational resources. MPB’s locally-
produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions
that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage.
Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the
daytime and weekend morning schedules. MPB provides a valuable
resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of
the state’s emergency preparedness and response system.
Since 1970, MPB has won over 400 national, regional and statewide
awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards.