Go, Alyssa Boynton! Scripps Spelling Bee begins today

SLAYTON - Our best wishes go out to Alyssa Boynton today! She and four other Minnesotans are among the 281 competitors in the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begin this morning in Washington DC.

The five include seventh-grader Alyssa, 13, from Murray County Central in Slayton, seventh-grader Mark Kivimaki, 13, of Valley View Middle School in Edina; Brainerd eighth-grader Lauren Crabtree, 14, of Forestview Middle School; eighth-grader Shane DeSilva, 14, from Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin and eighth-grader Kellen Rodriguez, 14, from the Fairmont School District.

For those of you keeping track, Alyssa is speller #126.

The youngest speller in the competition is an 8-year-old from South Carolina, the oldest is 15.

Spelling bee festivities kicked off Tuesday night when the 281 competitors received Microsoft Surface tablets at an introductory assembly.

The preliminaries take place until 12:15 p.m. today and semifinals begin Thursday at 9 a.m., airing on ESPN2. Finals will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

You can follow the action on Twitter @ScrippsBee or keep track on spellingbee.com.

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Good luck to all the

Good luck to all the participants! This will surely be a challenging but exciting event to the people who will came to witness the contest. - Lindsay Rosenwald

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