Spelling Bee

Each spring, the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee invites 4th to 8th grade students from 10 surrounding counties to demonstrate their spelling knowledge as they attempt to make their way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Interested schools register with Scripps in the fall and then conduct their own qualifying Spelling Bee at their school. Winners from each of the participating schools compete in a 50 word written test and 50 word vocabulary test held at the WITF Public Media Center. No more than the top 35 spellers participate in the WITF Grand Championship Spelling Bee, an oral spell down which is then broadcast on WITF TV. The winner from that bee qualifies to compete nationally in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

WITF Central PA Spelling Bee 2011

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Feb 2, 2011 4:45 PM

What do demarche, autochthonous, stromuhr and vivisepulture have in common? They are all championship words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. As a stepping stone to Scripps, sixth, seventh and eighth graders in ten surrounding counties have the opportunity to participate in WITF’s Central PA Spelling Bee through their registered school. The winner and parent/guardian will win an all-expense paid trip to participate in Scripps National Spelling Bee.

On January 30, 2011, spellers participated in a 100-word written test. Congratulations to all of the spellers for making it this far! No more than 36 spellers will qualify to participate in WITF’s Grand Championship Oral Spelling Bee which will be held on February 26, 2011 at WITF’s Public Media Center. Check back here on Saturday February 5, 2011, at 9 a.m. to see who will be moving on to the Grand Championship Oral Spelling Bee!

Oral Bee: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Snow date is Saturday March 26, 2011

Tips from Scripps!

Before WITF’S Central PA Spelling Bee

  • 1. Ensure that you know the study words for grade levels 1–8.
  • 2. Learn the words and do the activities in Spell It!
  • 3. When you master the words in Spell It!, expand your spelling skill set by playing the fun word games at Merriam-Webster's Word Central.

Another great idea is to craft your spelling skills by playing the Alpha-bot game from Merriam-Webster!

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