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Local's among winners in redistricting map project and can you pass the spelling bee challenge?

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Feb 22, 2019 4:43 AM

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Spellers participate in the written portion of the 2019 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee on Jan. 26, 2019. (Joshua Brandt for WITF)

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, February 22, 2019:

There's a saying, "if you want something done right, do it yourself."

That's just what a statewide civic group proposed when they challenged Pennsylvania residents to take on one of the biggest issues facing the electorate: Redrawing the state's Congressional district boundaries. 

The first mapping competition just wrapped up and local contributors are among the winners. Organizers say the winners maps all have one thing in common; each offered a better solution than the state government. 

Appearing on Smart Talk today to discuss the competition results are David Thornburgh, Draw the Lines PA managing director and president and CEO of the Good Government group the Committee of 70, along with Chris Satullo, Draw the Lines PA project director. Draw the Lines PA is a program led by the Committee of Seventy to get people involved in the redistricting effort.

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David Thornburgh, Draw the Lines PA managing director and president and CEO of the Good Government group,the Committee of 70, and Chris Satullo, Draw the Lines PA project director.

Also, each spring WITF hosts Central PA students in grades 4th through 8th to demonstrate their spelling skills, on their way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

It is also the time of year when Smart Talk challenges a few of our journalists to the same test, and demonstrates how difficult these competition words are.

Joining Smart Talk for the annual spelling contest is PA Post reporter Ed Mahon and Lisa Wardle, WITF digital manager.

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