The annual La Salle Marshall Putnam County Spelling Bee is sponsored by the Regional Office of Education in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. Spelling Bee word study lists are provided by the Peoria Journal Star and distributed to each participating school. Each school holds its own spelling bee, with the winner or an alternate participating in the La Salle Marshall Putnam County Spelling Bee. The first place winner's name is inscribed on the Stretch Miller Memorial Spelling Bee Traveling Plaque, which is displayed at the winner's school for a year until the following year's Spelling Bee. Prizes provided by the Kiwanis Club and William Ieuter Trust, World Book Encyclopedia, and The Class Room Store are awarded to first, second and third place winners. A trophy and winner's certificate is awarded to each participant. The winner of the La Salle Marshall Putnam County Spelling Bee proceeds to the Journal Star Central Illinois Grand Final Spelling Bee in March, and the winner of that competition proceeds to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. La Salle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties have had several students compete at the national level. This Spelling Bee is open to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in all public and parochial schools in La Salle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties.