The fourth annual Higgins Middle School Spelling Bee will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Northshore Mall, Nordstrom Wing.
The top 31 Higgins Middle School contestants will take part in the spelling bee. All contestants will receive goodie bags and the top three winners will receive prizes donated by the Northshore Mall retailers and the Peabody Chamber of Commerce.
The first-prize winner will go on to the Regional Spelling Bee.
In addition to the competition, the Bee will feature a silent auction with items donated by Northshore Mall retailers and Treadwell’s Ice Cream. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Higgins Middle School and help fund an annual subscription to Visual Thesaurus and vocabulary.com, which will help those training for future spelling bees.
Last year’s winner was sixth-grader Gabe Goldman who won with the word “serigraph.” Goldman was top speller after 24 rounds and more than two hours of the competition.