Spelling Bee

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.

2015 Spelling Bee Finalists

Written by witf.org, | Jan 30, 2015 9:00 AM
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The results are in! Congratulations to the following 35 spellers who scored highest on the written portion of the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee:

  • Anton Aluquin, St. Joan of Arc School
  • Megan Brubaker, Tuscarora JHS, Juniata County SD
  • Luke Capper, St. Joseph School, Mechanicsburg
  • Ian Case, Lamberton MS, Carlisle Area SD
  • Sarah Chacko, Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • Ashwin Dukkipati, Mechanicsburg MS
  • Khawla Fentis, Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • Gloria Givler, Camp Hill MS
  • Nathaniel Gutekunst, York Suburban MS
  • Alina Iwanowicz, Yellow Breeches MS, South Middleton SD
  • Samantha Knipple, Holy Name of Jesus School, Harrisburg
  • Eugene Lee, Palmyra Area MS
  • Matthew Little, Lower Dauphin MS
  • Lance Miller, Allen MS, West Shore SD
  • Savannah Miscik, Linglestown MS, Central Dauphin SD
  • Lucas Moran, South Eastern MS West
  • Connor O'Keefe, Central York MS
  • Delaney Rae Pensinger, Greencastle-Antrim MS
  • Joshua Po, St. Joan of Arc School, Hershey
  • Asna Rizwan, Central Dauphin MS
  • Avni Sanghvi, Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • Nicole Sanna, East Pennsboro MS
  • Ricky Schimek, Red Lion JHS
  • Jacob Schmitt, West York Area MS
  • Samuel Schreier, Mechanicsburg MS
  • Jonathan Setzer, Camp Hill MS
  • Bharadwaj Sudarsan, Central Dauphin MS
  • Dinesh Umasankar, Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • Zachary Wagner, Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD
  • Thussenthan Walter-Angelo, New Cumberland MS, West Shore SD
  • Megan Watkins, Southern MS, Southern York County SD
  • Ava Wendelken, Lamberton MS, Carlisle Area SD
  • Joshua Witt, Lamberton MS, Carlisle Area SD
  • Amaris Wolfe, Tuscarora JHS, Juniata County SD
  • Haylee Yocum, Tuscarora JHS, Juniata County SD

These 35 spellers scored the highest on the written portion of WITF's Central PA Spelling Bee. The written test was held at WITF on January 25th and consisted of 50 spelling words and 50 vocabulary words. These spellers will now advance to the oral competition which will take place at WITF on February 28th. The oral competition will be broadcast on WITF TV. The winner of the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee will move on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, DC!

Congratulations to all of the spellers who participated in WITF's written competition.  What an accomplishment!  Good luck to those moving on to the oral spelling bee!

Don't miss the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee when it airs on WITF-TV on Sunday, March 1st at 6:00 pm.  You can also catch it on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 pm and Friday, March 6th at 1:00 pm. 

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