A four- time Letcher County spelling bee champ wants to help other spelling enthusiasts succeed in spelling bees.
Brooke Saurer, a freshman at Letcher County Central High School, is hosting a spelling bee workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the West Whitesburg Elementary School library.
The workshop is geared to assist students preparing for the county and state spelling bees. Saurer will explain to students strategies she has learned while competing in spelling bees. Take home study materials will be available at the workshop, which is open to the public.
All school bee winners and runners-up are encouraged to attend the workshop, as well as any student interested in future spelling bees.
After participating in the school and county spelling bee for five years, Saurer, a former state winner of the Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee, saw the need for more time allotted for students to prepare for county and state spelling bees. After working with the Letcher County Board of Education, school spelling bees were conducted before the end of October.
Each year, the Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee awards $ 20,500 to the top five students. The first-place winner is eligible to earn $10,000 of this total. Beginning in the fourth grade, students can participate in school, county and state spelling bees.
Saurer plans to hold a workshop each fall until she graduates high school.
For more information about the workshop or to register, call (606) 791-2652.