Each spring, the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee invites 5th 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.
Joanna Ye, an eighth-grader at Lamberton Middle School in Carlisle, Pa., correctly spelled "wickiup" today in preliminary round two and "metathesis" in round three at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. "Xerophobous," "saxifrage" and "heresimach" are just some of the other words that didn't faze spellers at the competition.
Joanna is getting some extra national attention this year, as she is a returning finalist. She finished in a tie for 5th place nationally last year.
Learn more about the 14-year-old, who is sponsored by witf, in her online bio. She is speller 206.
View photos from the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on our Facebook page.
Visit ESPN3 to watch a live stream of the competition.
Up to 50 finalists will be announced Wednesday evening, based on scores from the written test and the first two rounds. If Joanna qualifies, she will compete in the semifinals between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday. If she advances, the final round is Thursday from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Both the semifinal and final rounds will be broadcast live on ESPN.
Watch a video of the 2011 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee below.
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