SARATOGASPRINGS-Two Lake George Elementary students, sixth grader Ben Middleton and fifth grader Lauren Montana, will be competing soon in the 33rd annual BOCES Regional Spelling Bee.
The area BOCES' Gifted & Talented program is sponsoring the event, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 at Lake Avenue Elementary School.
Although it's entitled a regional spelling bee, Lake George is the only school from northern Warren County that is competing.
The regional bee is open to all public schools in the BOCES service area.
But a number of schools in the region that have competed in the past are not doing so this year, apparently due to budget restraints.
The event features top spellers in grades 4 through 8 from 12 participating school districts. During recent weeks, the participating school districts held local spelling bees and entered their winning students in the regional competition.