For Educators by Educators

February is always an exciting time for WHRO Education. This is the month we host the WHRO Spelling Bee, a regional competition that determines which local student will move on to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The national competition has become a popular event through the years. It began in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Now, 95 years later the Bee reaches 11 million students each year.

Each year’s event provides its own exciting and nail-biting moments. At the 2019 national competition, judges made history when they ran out of challenging words for eight final contestants. After the 20th round and no challenging words left, the eight final contestants became co-champions!

The excitement is no less palpable here in our studio when the regional bee takes place. Students and parents both must battle their nerves as the competition progresses. The first place winner will receive travel expenses for a trip to compete in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

How to Enroll Your School:

But before any student can get there, they have to win their school's spelling bee and then compete in our regional competition in the spring!

Is your school participating? Make sure you are representing by enrolling your school.

The regional spelling bee is set to take place on February 11, 2023. The champion of our local competition will represent our region in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Prizes for our area’s top speller will include an expenses-paid trip to the national competition.

Visit the SpellingBee website and encourage your school to sign up. The deadline to enroll your school is December 31, 2022.

Details For Your School:

When you enroll your school in the spelling bee program, your teachers receive materials for conducting classroom and school spelling bees, supplemental word meaning and reading lists, and information about how school champions can continue on in further levels of competition, potentially to our national finals in Washington, D.C.

When you enroll your school at spellingbee.com and pay the $175 enrollment fee, you will receive exclusive online access to:

  • Official study lists with spellings and word meanings for students in grades 1-8

  • The 2023 Classroom Competition List for administering classroom spelling bees

  • The 2023 School Competition List for administering a school spelling bee

  • Access to the Bee's Online Testing Platform for creating Classroom and School Online Tests

  • Words of the Champions, the 4,000-word study resource for your school spelling bee champion

  • The Great Words, Great Works reading list with all source books for the School Spelling Bee Study List, organized by grade level

  • Supplemental word meaning materials for classroom and school levels

  • Award certificates for participants and your school champion

  • Entrance for your school champion in the WHRO Public Media spelling bee program

The deadline to enroll your school is December 31, 2022. 


Watch the recorded broadcast of the 2020 Virginia Media Spelling Bee: