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.
Aparajita Rao wearing her 2014 semifinalist medal.
Aparajita Rao, the winner of witf's 2014 Central PA Spelling Bee, tied for 13th place in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
The national bee was held May 28th and 29th at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This year, 281 spellers competed for the title of 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.
Rao, who won the witf spelling bee two years in a row, correctly spelled words like "paparazzo" and "aristarch" to tie for 13th place. However, only the top 12 spellers advanced to the finals. Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were the last two spellers standing and were both named 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.
We would like to congratulate Aparajita on her success! What an accomplishment!