GLOVERSVILLE - A total of 47 local students will compete in the 21st Annual Fulton County Spelling Bee on Monday at Gloversville Middle School.
The contestants, all in grades four through eight, are the winners of their local spelling bees at Fulton County schools.
The county spelling bee will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be open to the public.
The winner of the county bee will be awarded a trip to the Washington, D.C., area to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 26 through 31.
The Fulton County bee is coordinated and sponsored by The Leader-Herald.
The pronouncer for the county bee will be Dustin Swanger, president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The judges will be Bill Ackerbauer, features editor at The Leader-Herald; James Hall, advertising representative for The Leader-Herald; and Jane Kelley, vice president for student affairs at FMCC.
The coordinators of the bee are Patricia Beck, publisher of The Leader-Herald, and Jeanne Francisco, a Leader-Herald staff member.
"We're very happy to be able to sponsor this opportunity to ensure that a local student represents Fulton County at the national spelling bee," Beck said.
Spellers at the county bee will receive various awards.
Each speller will receive a backpack with items donated by supporters of the bee.
The winner and second-place speller will receive a dictionary, and the top five spellers will receive Chamber Checks.
The Edwin R. Gray cash award from the family of Thomas Steele, a previous bee winner, will go to the winner of the bee.
The family of Adam Ferrari, another previous bee winner, is donating a Chamber Check award to each of the top five spellers.
The winner also will receive other prizes.