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.

Written Spelling Bee Results!

Written by WITF | Feb 5, 2016 9:49 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:

Emily Banta
Dallastown Area MS/SD

Nathan Book
Yellow Breeches MS, South Middleton SD

Jacqueline Brettschneider
Northern MS, Northern York County SD

Megan Brubaker
Tuscarora JHS, Juniata County SD

Luke Capper
St. Joseph School, Mechanicsburg

Hannah Chapman
Infinity Charter School

Sydney Clayton
South Eastern MS/SD

Sreyansh Das Adhikary
Hershey IES, Derry Township SD

Elias Domanski-Ferris
New Cumberland MS, West Shore SD

Gus Eberlein
Camp Hill MS/SD

Majdouline Elaamerani
East Pennsboro MS/SD

Samuel Fee
Upper Adams MS/SD

Grace Foltz
Tuscarora JHS, Juniata County SD

Meredith Gardner
Warrior Run MS/SD

Matthew Hagen
East Pennsboro MS/SD

Jacob Harris
Southern MS, Southern York County SD

Garrett Hodges
Allen MS, West Shore SD

Ahsan Jawed
Central Dauphin MS/SD

Matt Little
Lower Dauphin MS/SD

Brody Lynch
Dallastown Area MS/SD

Tim Mattaboni
Wilson MS, Carlisle Area SD

Parinita Mithepati
Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD

Lucas Hyland Moran
South Eastern IS/SD

Rushil Negandhi
Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD

Anirudh Rao
Hershey IES, Derry Township SD

Hanna Salus
St. Joseph School, Mechanicsburg

Jacob Schmitt
West York Area MS/SD

Sam Schreier
Mechanicsburg MS/SD

Inshal Siddiqui
Central Dauphin East MS/SD

Bharadwaj Sudarsan
Central Dauphin MS/SD

Aaron Joseph Taylor
Swatara MS, Central Dauphin SD

Thussenthan Walter-Angelo
New Cumberland MS, West Shore SD

Michael Watkins
Southern MS, Southern York County SD

Hannah B. Wright
Bermudian Springs MS/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 30th 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 27th. 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 Monday, February 29th at 7:30 pm. You can also catch it on Thursday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm and Friday, March 4th at 1:00 pm.

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