The Merced County Office of Education will hold the 2009-10 elementary and junior high spelling bees Dec. 9 and 10.
On Dec. 9, 30 students from 15 junior high schools will square off at 9 a.m. in the Clark/Newbold Conference room at the MCOE campus.
Ninety junior high students will compete the next morning, at 9 a.m., at the Atwater Community Center.
First- and second-place winners from both competitions will represent Merced County at the statewide championships.
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The events are free and open to the public.
For more information, call (209) 381-5910.
- Danielle E. Gaines