MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Students from across South Florida put their spelling skills to the test Tuesday for the Miami Herald’s 74th annual spelling bee competition.

Students from more than 300 elementary and middle school from Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties took part in the event which is being staged over two separate days.

On Tuesday, March 11th, over 120 spellers from Broward County public and private schools from grades 4 through 8 participated in the Broward Spelling Bee at the Signature Grand in Davie.

Dylan Olster, an 8th grader at Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School’s West campus, won Broward’s annual spelling bee, according to CBS4’s news partner’s at The Miami Herald.

The contest ended for Olster with the correct spelling of “suffragette,” the paper said.

CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer emceed along with Miami Herald Assistant Sports Editor John Devine.

The Miami-Dade/Monroe Spelling Bee will host more than 250 spelling champions from grades 4 through 8 from public and private schools in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The Miami-Dade/Monroe Bee will be held on Wednesday, March 19th at Jungle Island.

CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana will emcee the championship along with Miami Herald columnist Ana Veciana-Suarez.

The champion of the middle school competitions will represent Miami-Dade/Monroe and Broward counties at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

The middle school champions in Broward and Miami-Dade will also receive a free one-year subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids, the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, and a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. The elementary school champions will receive Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition.


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