Spelling Bee

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 100 word written test held at the witf Public Media Center. The top spellers participate in an oral championship spell down, which is then broadcast on witf TV. The winner from that bee qualifies to compete nationally in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Update: Joanna Ye advances to finals at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Written by witf | Jun 2, 2011 2:00 PM

Joanna Ye, an eighth-grader at Lamberton Middle School in Carlisle, has correctly spelled the words "brachygraphy," "pinetum," "rocaille" and "hypotrichosis" in the semifinal round of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

She will now advance with 13 other competitors to the finals, which are scheduled to air live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. tonight.

Joanna isn't the only Pennsylvania speller to advance in the competition. Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation to have 4 spellers among the semifinalists. They include David Krak, of Litiz, Anahita Iyer, of Doylestown, and Sukanya Roy, of South Abington Township.

The winner will receive more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

View photos from the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminary round on our Facebook page.

Watch a video of the 2011 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee below.

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