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.

Get Ready for the Spell Down!

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Jan 19, 2012 4:16 PM

bee2k80034Right now, there are about 150 6th, 7th and 8th graders are preparing to test their skills during witf’s Central PA Spelling Bee.  The 3rd annual written bee will take place on January 29, 2012 at the Public Media Center.  This year, the spellers are representing 67 schools from 10 counties.  The busy bees will spell down in a 100-word written test, during which they’ll attempt words like einkom and xiphoid.  The top spellers will advance to the Grand Championship Spelling Bee.  This televised bee will take place at the Public Media Center on February, 25, 2012.  The winner of the Central PA Spelling Bee will then compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC.

Good luck to all of the spellers!

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