I don’t know about you but Spell Check is one of my best friends.  I am perhaps the worst speller allowed to walk freely in the civilized world.  So I have great admiration for those that are not spelling chalenged.  And according to the Rapid City Journal there are 11 South Dakota kids that will be competing for a trip to the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, the South Dakota State Spelling Bee will be held at the University of South Dakota. The competition features 11 students who qualified as the top speller in their region.

Students participating Saturday are: Carolyn Blaha, seventh grade student from Wagner Community School; Lexis Sherron, eighth grade student from the Sioux Falls Region; Whitney Fuerst, eighth grade, Tripp-Delmont; Adele Benoit, seventh grade, Yankton Sacred Heart Middle School; Emily Fox, seventh grade, Spearfish Classical Christian School; Luke Norby, third grade, Dakota Valley Elementary School; Max Oesterling, eighth grade, Rapid City Region; Maria Braga-Henebry, eighth grade, Sioux Falls Region; Genesis Reynolds, seventh grade, South Middle School; Maddy Gillett, eighth grade, Sioux Falls; Connor Lightfield, eighth grade, Milbank Middle School.

The winner from Saturday's competition will advance to the national event held May 26 - 31.