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.
Katie Dudding, the champion of witf's Central PA Spelling Bee, correctly spelled both words she received in the preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee but did not qualify for the semifinals. Out of 278 spellers, only the top 50 scoring spellers move forward to the semifinals. Spellers receive one point for each word they spell correctly during the Round One Test and then three points for each word they spell correctly during the preliminaries, for a maximum possible score of 31.
Katie is a seventh grader at St. Joseph Middle School in Mechanicsburg. She plans to try again next year.
“I don’t really know. Sometimes I feel like I could make it really far and other times I don’t,” says Katie. “I just want to keep trying and see how far I can get.”
Witf would like to congratulate Katie on her spelling success! We look forward to seeing her and wish her the best of luck during the 2013 witf Central PA Spelling Bee!
A Scripps National Spelling Bee champion will be determined Thursday night when the championship finals air live on ESPN from 8pm until 10pm.
Wednesday, May 30
The Announcement of Semifinalists will immediately follow the conclusion of Round Three and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
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