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 Katie Dudding! She is the winner of the witf Central PA Spelling Bee! She will now move on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, DC.
Katie is a seventh grader at St Joseph’s Middle School in Mechanicsburg. Katie loves to read. Her favorite book is The Capture by Kathryn Lasky. When Katie isn’t reading she likes playing the clarinet, skiing and listening to music. Or, you might find her playing with her Lab, Bodie.
Don’t forget to watch Katie when she competes nationally at the Scripps Spelling Bee! Her speller number will be #209.
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