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.

Winners of 2013 Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee announced

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Feb 23, 2013 8:33 PM
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witf is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee, held at the witf Public Media Center on February 23, 2013.

  • Grand Champion - Aparajita Rao, St. Joan of Arc School, Hershey
  • 2nd Place - Krittika Negandhi, Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • 3rd Place - Devin Yeatter, Big Spring MS
  • 4th Place - Kaitlyn Galliher, Susquenita MS
  • 5th Place - Rohan Rashid, Conewago Valley IS
  • 6th Place - Faith Harron, Lamberton MS, Carlisle Area SD
  • 7th Place - Olivia Ramsey, Swatara MS, Central Dauphin SD
  • 8th Place - Jasmine Deitz, Northern Lebanon MS
  • 9th Place - Dusty Martin, Shippensburg Area MS
  • 10th Place - Kevin Ballentine, Yellow Breeches MS, South Middleton SD

Aparajita Rao, this year's Grand Champion, will travel to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C. area in the spring.

You can watch the contest on witf TV, Sunday, February 24 at 5 p.m. with rebroadcasts on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. and Friday, March 1 at 1pm.

witf’s Central PA Spelling Bee is supported by The Hershey Company, The Kline Foundation and Volvo Construction Equipment.

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