Fourth-grader Erica Lill spells one of the words third-grade teacher Kerri Trouberman gave her during Yermo School's spelling bee Friday. Lill, who was one of three fourth-grade students who won, will compete in the districtwide competition for Silver Valley Unified School District March 1.


The regional spelling bee, featuring students from both Barstow Unified School District and Silver Valley, will be held March 21. The regional spelling bee is sponsored by the California Lottery and the Desert Dispatch. The winner of the regional bee will be invited to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June.