For Educators by Educators

Could Your Child BEE Our Champion?

For the eighth year in a row, WHRO will host The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee live in our studio!

Throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, public schools, independent schools and home school associations will all hold local school bees and send their winners to WHRO, where the area’s finest middle school spellers compete for the regional title. From here, the first place winner will travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Enroll Now
The deadline to register a local school for the 2015 Scripps National/Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee program is October 15th. Registration takes place at www.spellingbee.com. The enrollment fee of $130 provides all of the materials needed to run a classroom or school-wide spelling bee.

Who's Eligible?
Any school that houses sixth, seventh or eighth grade students in the following cities or counties: Accomack, Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg or York, Virginia; and Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank, or Perquimans, North Carolina.

Spelling Bee Dates
The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee will take place on February 21, 2015, at WHRO Public Media. The Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place May 24 to May 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Past Winners
2014, Ted Hamacher, Hickory Middle School, Chesapeake
2013, Kenneth Ross, Kemps Landing Magnet School
2012, Caroline Willett, KEYS Home School Association
2011, James Batten, Norfolk Christian Upper School
2010, Walter Francis, Southampton Middle School
2009, Caroline Willett, KEYS Home School Association
2008, Rebecca Willett, KEYS Home School Association

You can download the Spelling Bee Rules here and watch
The 2014 Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee below!

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The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee's corporate sponsor is
Thomas Nelson Community College.