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 Scripps National Spelling Bee is currently underway near Washington DC! This year there are 285 spellers including Eugene Lee, the 2015 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee Grand Champion! Here's a look at the schedule:
Tuesday, May 26th
9:15-10:15am: Preliminaries Test
Wednesday, May 27th
8-11:45am: Round Two of Preliminaries live on ESPN3
1:15-5pm: Round Three of Preliminaries live on ESPN3
5pm: Announcement of Semifinalists
6-7pm: Semifinals Test
Thursday, May 28th
10am-1pm: Scripps National Spelling Bee Semifinals live on ESPN3
8pm-10pm: Scripps National Spelling Bee Semifinals live on ESPN3
Eugene Lee, the 2015 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee Grand Champion, is speller number 206 in the national bee. After almost three hours, Eugene was the last speller standing during the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee. Eugene is an 8th grader at Palmyra Area Middle School. Good luck, Eugene!
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