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's Spelling Bee 2011 Results

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Feb 10, 2011 4:47 PM

What do demarche, autochthonous, stromuhr and vivisepulture have in common? They are all championship words from the Scripps 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. No more than 36 spellers could qualify to participate in WITF’s Central PA Spelling Bee.

Congratulations to the following 35 spellers! You have qualified to participate in WITF’S Central PA Spelling Bee which will take place at 1 p.m. on February 26, 2011 at WITF! The winning speller will then be heading to Washington D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!

    (listed in alphabetical order)
  • Joshua Lee Amoros, West York Area MS
  • Zackery Anderson, South Eastern MS West
  • Josiah Austin, Red Lion Area JHS
  • Savannah Billman, Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • Brad Blaszynski, Palmyra MS
  • Kathleen Blum, York Homeschool Association
  • Nicole Bohn, Infinity Charter School, Harrisburg
  • Allison Chambers, Central Dauphin MS
  • Max Cherepinsky, Susquehanna Township MS
  • Siven Chinniah, East Pennsboro MS
  • Benjamin Chu, Central York MS
  • Kylie Dunham, Central Dauphin MS
  • Cecilia Fitzgerald, Tuscarora MS, Juniata County SD
  • Katie Fitzgerald, Tuscarora MS, Juniata County SD
  • Jerin Jacob George, Central Dauphin East MS
  • Frankie Haver, Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • Julia Hoffacker, Conewago Valley IS, New Oxford SD
  • Alexander Jones, Good Hope MS; Cumberland Valley SD
  • Diego Jorge, Mechanicsburg MS
  • Seckin Kara, Dallastown Area MS
  • Madilyn Kimmel, West York Area MS
  • Jack Knowles-Kellett, Gettysburg Area MS
  • Bethany Kristich, Palmyra MS
  • Sarah Landis, Allen MS, West Shore SD
  • Nicole Lang, Harrisburg Area Homeschool Association
  • Anna Lorenzen, Red Lion Area JHS
  • Aneesha Maini, Lemoyne MS, West Shore SD
  • Peter Mansaray, Jr., East Pennsboro MS
  • Valarie Meiser, Juniata Mennonite School, McAlisterville
  • Ryan Nguyen, Swatara JHS, Central Dauphin SD
  • Harrison Scott, Greencastle-Antrim MS
  • Brock Viering, New Cumberland MS, West Shore SD
  • Meghan Williams, Yellow Breeches MS, South Middleton SD
  • Jinni Xia, Central York MS
  • Joanna Ye, Lamberton MS, Carlisle Area SD

Although only 35 spellers could qualify for the oral bee, WITF would like to congratulate all of the school champions who participated in the written bee. What a great accomplishment!

Before test

About 150 spellers participated in the written bee at WITF on January 30, 2011. (photo by Hannah J. Keim)

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