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.
The written portion of the Central PA Spelling Bee will be held at the witf Public Media Center on Jan. 27. The participants will be made up of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who won their individual school’s spelling bees.
This year, more than 60 schools registered to participate from 10 surrounding counties. The students who score highest on the 100-word written test will advance to the Grand Championship Spelling Bee, which will take place at the witf Public Media Center on Feb. 23 and will be televised at 5 p.m. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Feb. 27, and 1 p.m. March 1 on witf.
The quiz below includes words from last year's written test. Do you think you can spell as well as these students? See if you can pick the correctly spelled word from the four options!
When you are done taking the test, share your results in the comments below, if you dare! You may also want to challenge your friends to take the test by sharing it on Twitter and Facebook. See which of your friends spell the best!
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