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First Coast Spelling Bee to Crown Regional Champion

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019

WJXT will host the 75th annual First Coast Spelling Bee driven by Jenkins Hyundai of Jacksonville on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Spellers representing fourteen 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 will again 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 pm.


Media attending should arrive at 6:45 pm. Media and attendees utilize parking lot across from the theatre.


The First Coast Spelling Bee driven by Jenkins Hyundai of Jacksonville will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 8 pm at Jacksonville University’s Swisher Theatre 2800 University Boulevard North Jacksonville, Florida 32211.


The First Coast Spelling Bee will be broadcast live on WJXT Channel 4 and streamed on from 8-10 pm.


Participating Spellers in Spelling Order:

1 Ansley Cutshaw Nassau County

2 Cassie Clay Suwannee County

3 Jenna Hinson Madison County

4 Cyanne Carey Baker County

5 Sarah Welch Hamilton County

6 Graham Glasheen Duval County

7 Patrick Narcowich Union County

8 Armand KÜykendall Putnam County

9 Brandon Plum Bradford County

10 Erik Williams Clay County

11 Addison Davis Flagler County

12 Nicholas Chowdhury Columbia County

13 Francheska Melendez Alachua County

14 Manischa Wijayawardhana St. Johns County 


About WJXT

Channel 4 WJXT Channel 4 and provides news, information and entertainment to the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia region. As the market leader, The Local Station is committed to bringing quality news and programming to the local community it serves. The station is owned by The Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and is one of seven Graham Media Group stations along with WCWJ Jacksonville, WKMG Orlando, WSLS Roanoke, KPRC Houston, KSAT San Antonio and WDIV Detroit.


About Graham Media Group

Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), owns seven local television stations—each in a top-50 market and all recognized as news leaders: KPRC–Houston (NBC) and WDIV–Detroit (NBC); KSAT–San Antonio (ABC); WKMG–Orlando (CBS); WJXT–Jacksonville, WCWJ Jacksonville (CW), and WSLS-Roanoke (NBC) as well as Social News Desk, a leading provider of social media management tools designed to connect newsrooms with their users. The stations also broadcast digital channels focusing on classic television and lifestyle programming, in addition to operating market-leading websites, mobile sites and mobile apps delivering breaking news, weather and community news, reaching millions of users across each platform. All are deeply involved in local initiatives and public service projects designed to serve, inform and improve their respective communities.



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