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 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.

Photos: Central PA Spelling Bee written test

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Feb 17, 2012 9:47 PM

On January 29th, about 150 students from 67 schools took a 100-word written spelling test at the witf Public Media Center. Here are a few snapshots from the day!

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Thirty-four students scored high enough on the test to qualify to participate in the televised bee which will take place at the Public Media Center on February 25th. Good luck spellers!

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