First Coast Spelling Bee to crown regional champion


WJXT will host the 75th annual First Coast Spelling Bee driven by Jenkins Hyundai of Jacksonville on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Spellers representing 14 area counties will take the stage at Jacksonville University’s Swisher Theatre to compete for the opportunity to represent the First Coast at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, DC.

News4JAX Anchor Melanie Lawson again will serve as pronouncer while News4JAX Anchor Bruce Hamilton hosts the broadcast with analysis provided by Jeff Hess, FSCJ Dean of Communication. The First Coast Spelling Bee is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

WHAT: First Coast Spelling Bee driven by Jenkins Hyundai of Jacksonville

WHEN: 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 19

WHERE: Jacksonville University’s Swisher Theatre 2800 University Blvd. North Jacksonville

The First Coast Spelling Bee will be broadcast live on WJXT Channel 4 and streamed on from 8 to 10 p.m.

Participating Spellers in Spelling Order:

  1. Ansley Cutshaw of Nassau County
  2. Cassie Clay of Suwannee County
  3. Jenna Hinson of Madison County
  4. Cyanne Carey of Baker County
  5. Sarah Welch of Hamilton County
  6. Graham Glasheen of Duval County
  7. Patrick Narcowich of Union County
  8. Armand KÜykendall of Putnam County
  9. Brandon Plum of Bradford County
  10. Erik Williams of Clay County
  11. Addison Davis of Flagler County
  12. Nicholas Chowdhury of Columbia County
  13. Francheska Melendez of Alachua County
  14. Manischa Wijayawardhana of St. Johns County