Can we send a runner-up?

Teachers: If your school champion is unable to attend for any reason, you must contact the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at 314-340-8914 or nie@post-dispatch.com by 9 a.m on the Friday before the written bee. If we do not have notification that the runner-up will be attending in place of the winner, they will not be able to participate. Please note that the runner-up replacement notification must come from the school/teacher and not the speller or his/her parent.