The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee recently held at the Gerald R. Ford Museum was kicked off as one of the largest “bees” in the country. 191 schools participated in the event’s 37th year, which for the first time included a new vocabulary round, quizzing students on their ability to define the words they spelled.
The Spelling Bee was coordinated and sponsored by the Kent ISD. Other sponsors included MLive/The Grand Rapids Press, Founders Bank and Trust, Amway One-by-One, Family Fare, the Walstra family and the Secchia Family Foundation.
There were 22 winners, including four from the Kent ISD. Contestant #116, Rebecca Tran, a 7th grader from Grandville Middle School, was the champion. She will compete in The Scripps National Spelling Bee, held in Washington D.C., which will air on ESPN 3 on Wednesday, May 28 and on ESPN 2 on Thursday, May 29.