COVINGTON -- Newton County students will get to show off their spelling skills this week.
Twenty students will compete in the 2011 Newton County School System Spelling Bee. It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Eastside High School, which is located at 10245 Eagle Drive in Covington.
"Spelling is one of the life-long skills that children begin to learn early in school and continue throughout their lifetimes," said Dr. Ken Proctor, director of Elementary Schools at NCSS. "Written communication is an essential component of everyday life. In order to be an effective and efficient communicator, one must have adequate spelling knowledge."
The participants are fourth- through eighth-grade winners from their individual school spelling bees that were held earlier this school year. If the winner is unable to participate in the county's spelling bee, the alternate will be the speller.
"The spelling bee is a fun activity in which children can participate to demonstrate the spelling skills and knowledge they have learned," Proctor said.
At Friday's event, students will take turns spelling words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee organization, as students have done in the past. Students move forward after they spell their given words correctly; those who fail to spell the word correctly are eliminated from the competition.
The event is open to the public, but guests are asked not to take photos during the event.
The winner of Newton County's Spelling Bee will move on to compete in the regional spelling bee, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 26 at Putnam County Middle School in Eatonton County. The state bee is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 18 at Georgia State University in Atlanta.