- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Fifteen students have made the list of competitors who will try to represent South Dakota in a national spelling bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

The students who will participate in the state’s spelling bee on March 19 hosted by the University of South Dakota were the top spellers at regional competitions that took place in Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Mitchell and Rapid City.

Contestants will range from fourth through eighth grades. The winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee that will run from May 23 to 27 at the nation’s capital.

The state’s competition will be streamed live online at www.usd.edu/spellingbee .

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