Spelling Bee

Each spring, the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee invites 4th 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.

2019 Central PA Spelling Bee written results

Written by WITF Staff | Jan 30, 2019 7:00 AM
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Spellers participate in the written portion of the 2019 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee on Jan. 26, 2019. (Joshua Brandt for WITF)

The results are in!

Congratulations to the following 35 spellers who scored highest on the written portion of the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee:

Robert Ansley

Yellow Breeches MS, South Middleton SD

Elizabeth Anthony

Northern MS/SD

Colin Baust-Crain

Southern MS, Southern York County SD

Colin Brusse

Southern MS, Southern York County SD

Nathanael Ebling

Lebanon Christian Academy

Nathaniel Fadrigon

South Eastern MS/SD

Olivia Foraker

South Eastern MS/SD

Liam Gannon

New Cumberland MS, West Shore SD

Rory Gannon

New Cumberland MS, West Shore SD

Jhayce Hawley

Palmyra Area MS/SD

Aiden Michael Joseph

Dallastown Area MS/SD

Rohan Kakaria

Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD

Vikram Kakaria

Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD

Ananya Kannan

West Hanover ES, Central Dauphin SD

Abigail Keiner

Palmyra Area MS/SD

Orion Keller

Central Dauphin MS/SD

Raena Lawton

Dallastown Area MS/SD

Sue Lingenfelter

Crossroads MS, West Shore SD

Cohen Manges

Mechanicsburg Area MS/SD

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Spellers participate in the written portion of the 2019 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee on Jan. 26, 2019. (Joshua Brandt for WITF)

Viseth J. Meng

South Lebanon ES, Cornwall Lebanon SD

Matthew O'Brien

Southern MS, Southern York County SD

Srihari Rajesh

Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD

Bea Angela Ricafort

Southern MS, Southern York County SD

Aditi Sanghvi

Good Hope MS, Cumberland Valley SD

Peyton Sheaffer

Tuscarora JHS, Juniata County SD

Ganga Siddam

Infinity Charter School, Harrisburg

Aiden Silva

Southern Eastern IS/SD

Elanor Beth Simmons

Saint Patrick School, Carlisle

Gurleen Singh

Northern Lebanon MS/SD

Hudson Smith

Red Lion Area JHS/SD

Christine Stavropoulos

Palmyra Area MS/SD

Hamza Waheed

Eagle View MS, Cumberland Valley SD

Sophia Zambotti

Saint Joseph School, Mechanicsburg

Joseph Zink

South Eastern MS/SD

Emerson Zobal

Selinsgrove Area MS/SD

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Spellers participate in the written portion of the 2019 WITF Central PA Spelling Bee on Jan. 26, 2019. (Joshua Brandt for WITF)


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 26th 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 23rd. 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. Good luck to those moving on to the oral spelling bee!

Don't forget to watch the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee when it airs on WITF TV on Sunday, February 24th at 6pm! You can also catch the program on Friday, March 1 at 11am and Sunday, March 3 at 9am.

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