Officials at John Marshall Mid-High School found out Monday the school will be one of the official local sites for the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee.
It's one of the few secondary schools in the area to host an accredited bee, Principal Aspasia Carlson said.
“It's going to give some of our kids the chance to shine that normally would not,” she said. “I want kids to see that academics and school are cool. It's cool to study and work hard and be successful.”
John Marshall houses grades 7-12, and the national bee is open to students 14 and younger. Carlson said she expects high school students to help coach and mentor the local middle school students.
Teachers at the school will host classroom-level bees, and the winners will go on to compete in the school spelling bee.
The bee will be open to homeschooled students and those who don't attend a school with an official bee.
Carlson said she expects to host the spelling bee toward the end of the fall semester.
“I'm so excited,” Carlson said. “This is like the Olympics for me. I'm one of those people who watch it on ESPN.”
Winners of school-level bees go on to one of 20 regional contests.
Those winners compete in the central Oklahoma final March 9 at the University of Oklahoma.
Students can register at www.spellingbee.com.