Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee Pronouncer prepares for event

Posted at 6:05 PM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 19:05:40-05

TULSA -- Saturday all eyes inside the Tulsa Tech Center in Owasso will not only be on the kids on stage for the Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee, the also on the man behind the mic.

This is David Ragland's third year as the pronouncer for the Bee.

He has one month to dissect the pronunciation of 500 words.

In that amount of time he says he puts in about 40 hours of mastering the words.

He competed in both English and Spanish spelling bees as a kid, where his passion for languages began.

Ragland tells Two Works For You he gets excited about the diversity represented in these spelling bees.

"Our language is made up of immigrant languages that have come to our country just like all of those kids you’re going to see represented tomorrow a group of kids from all over the world that call Northeast Oklahoma home," said Ragland.

Ragland is the President of Kenco Engineering who's sponsoring the Bee.

They're giving the winner of tomorrow's competition $1,000 for their trip to Nationals in Washington D.C.

If you can't make the Bee on Saturday at 10 a.m. Two Works For You is live streaming the Bee on our website


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