Could Your Child BEE The Champion?
Do you know a student who’s a whiz with words? Is your child a master of vocabulary or a lover of languages? He or she may be the next Scripps National Spelling Bee champion!
Every year, WHRO hosts The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee, as the area’s finest middle school spellers compete for the regional title. Throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, public schools, independent schools and home school associations all hold local school bees and send their winners to WHRO. From there, the first place winner travels to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Spelling Bee.
Hampton Roads educators can enroll a local school in The 2013-2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee program by going to www.spellingbee.com. The enrollment fee of $120 provides all of the materials needed to run a classroom or school-wide spelling bee. The prime enrollment deadline is October 15th - after that, there will be an additional $75 fee. Enrollment also secures each school’s champion a spot in The Virginian-Pilot’s regional bee, which will be broadcast live from WHRO’s studio on February 22, 2014.
Schools must be in The Pilot’s coverage area to enroll and students must be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade to participate. Parents can also go to spellingbee.com and use the search function to see if their child’s school is enrolled.
The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee's corporate sponsor this year is Thomas Nelson Community College.
Download the official 2013 rules or watch the 2013 Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee below.
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2013 Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee Winners
First Place, Kenneth Ross, Kemps Landing Magnet School
Second Place, Theodore Hamacher, Hickory Middle School
Third Place, Ryan Shelton, Southampton County Middle School.