Lucas Middle School eighth grader Hanna Closs is the winner of the 2018 Duke University Regional Spelling Bee. The bee was held March 17 at Riverside High School in Durham.
Every year, the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs sponsors the regional qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. About 60 champion spellers from elementary and middle schools across Durham and Orange counties gather to compete for the regional title, and the Office of Durham and Community Affairs provides the champion and his/her family an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in National Bee Week.
The Office of Durham and Community Affairs sponsors the bee to promote scholastic excellence and to encourage the love of letters, words and language. The bee is always free and open to the public, and members of the community are encouraged to cheer on the competitors.
The 2017 Duke University Regional Spelling Bee winner is Jason Sorin, a fifth grader at Triangle Day School in Durham.