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.

Congratulations to Surabi Shanmugam!

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Feb 25, 2018 12:11 PM

Congratulations to the champion of WITF's 2018 Central PA Spelling Bee - Surabi Shanmugam!

After 21 rounds, Surabi won the bee with the correct spelling of the word abseil.

Surabi is a seventh grader from Eagle View Middle School in the Cumberland Valley School District.  Her favorite food is chocolate.  She enjoys art, music, spelling (of course!), science and reading.  Surabi will now recieve an all expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, DC!

Congratulations, Surabi!  And congratulations to all 33 spellers who competed in WITF's Central PA Spelling Bee!  What an accomplishment!

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