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.
Congratulations to Joanna Ye! The eighth-grader from Lamberton Middle School in Carlisle placed third in the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee! Joanna was the winner of witf's Central PA Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. Last year Ye tied for fifth place in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee. She was one of two 2010 championship finalists returning to the national bee. This year, Ye competed against 274 spellers from all 50 states and tied for third!
Some of the words Ye spelled during the Scripps National Spelling Bee were "brachygraphy," "pinetum," "rocaille" and "hypotrichosis."
Congratulations Joanna! We wish you the best!
(Photo By Hannah Keim)
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