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Orland Park Spelling Bee set for Oct. 20

A crowd watches last year's OrlOpen Spelling Bee. The 35th annual event will be held Oct. 20 OrlPark Civic Center.

A crowd watches last year's Orland Open Spelling Bee. The 35th annual event will be held Oct. 20 at the Orland Park Civic Center. | File photo

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Updated: November 11, 2013 11:11AM



The 35th annual Orland Open Spelling Bee will be held Oct. 20 at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 Ravinia Ave.

The contest is free and open to the public. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Spellers ages 8 through 10 start at 2 p.m., with participants 11 and over joining in at 2:45 p.m.

Former spelling bee trophy and ribbon winners join the competition at 3:30 p.m., and the contest will wrap up about 4:30 p.m.

Twelve trophies are awarded to the top three spellers in each of four categories — ages 8 to 10, ages 11 to 14, high school-age and the overall winner.

There is no cost to participate, and contestants do not have to live in Orland Park. The spelling bee is co-sponsored by the village and the Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, where the event was held last year.

Last year’s bee drew 100 participants and was won by Tom Doyle, a retired teacher and principal for Chicago Public Schools.

The youngest person to have won the top prize in the bee was Michael Sheehan in 1982, when he was 13 and a student at St. Michael School in Orland Park. The late Kathleen Foley, of Oak Lawn, amassed the most titles, winning eight times from 1992 through 2005.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by emailing pcorland@gmail.com, with the participant’s name, age, address, phone and, if applicable, what school they attend. Registration can also be made by calling (815) 713-5502 or (708) 429-7764.



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