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.
For the second year in a row, Aparajita Rao was the last speller standing during the witf Central PA Spelling Bee. Aparajita is an eighth grader at St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey. She will now move on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington D.C.
The following students placed in the top ten at the witf Central PA Spelling Bee. Way to go!
Grand Champion – Aparajita Rao, St. Joan of Arc School, Hershey
2nd – Krittika Negandhi, Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD
3rd - Johnny Haver, Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD
4th - Ashley Phillips, Selinsgrove Area MS/SD
5th - Gloria Kim, Wilson MS, Carlisle Area SD
6th - Maddie Wolfe, Palmyra MS/SD
7th - Anton Aluquin, St. Joan of Arc School, Hershey
8th - Hannah Cornett, Northern MS, Northern York Co. SD
9th - Joshua Fair, Southern MS, Southern York Co. SD
10th - Dinesh Umasankar, Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD
2014 Top Ten
You can watch the spelling bee on Wednesday February 26 at 7:00pm and Friday February 28 at 1:00pm.
Congratulations to every speller who participated in the 2014 witf Central PA Spelling Bee!
watch the 2014 witf Central PA Spelling Bee