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.
WITF would like to congratulate Eugene Lee on making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee! During the preliminary rounds at the national bee spellers take a written test and get two words to spell orally. Eugene spelled "angst" and "eisegesis" correctly during the preliminary rounds, but did not qualify as a semifinalist.
Still, what an accomplishment. WITF would like to congratulate Eugene Lee on a job well done!
The 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the second year in a row. The winners of the bee were Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar.