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Ripon 6th grader to compete in state Spelling Bee
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Ripon Elementary sixth grader Patrick Caldwell is one of two students in San Joaquin County who will be vying for the top honors in the California State Elementary Spelling Bee on Saturday, April 26.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through 1:30 p.m. It will be held in the Wentworth Education Center at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2707 Transworld Drive off Arch Road in Stockton. This is the fourth State Bee hosted by SJCOE.

The other San Joaquin County student who will be among 56 fourth- through sixth-grade students competing on Saturday is Amelia Ellison, a sixth grader at Vinewood School in Lodi Unified School District.

The competing students come from 28 counties in California. The competitors have to be certified as county champions by their county Superintendent of Schools to be eligible to take part in the state spelling bee championship.

The spellmaster will be Tim Daly of News 10. The event is open to the public.

During last year’s state spelling bee championship, Stella Brockman eighth grader James Quiaoit had the honor of representing the Manteca Unified and the San Joaquin County Office of Education in the seventh- to ninth-grade State Spelling Bee held in May 2013 in San Rafael. He was one of more than a dozen Manteca Unified students who have made it to the state spelling bee championships in more than a decade.