Students through grade eight from five area counties who have won spelling bees at their schools compete. The winner receives a trip to the semifinals and championship finals in the Washington, D.C., area later in the spring.
IU High School Journalism Institute director Teresa White and School of Education communication director Chuck Carney oversee the bee. Several Journalism Ambassadors and students from the School of Education’s Dean’s Advisory Council help set up the auditorium and to direct the spellers off and on the stage.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of students who share our love for language,” White said.
The (Bloomington, Ind.) Herald-Times and the (Martinsville, Ind.) Reporter-Times co-sponsored the bee from 2004 until 2011.
Read about previous bees:
- Martinsville eighth grader wins regional spelling bee (2014)
- School to sponsor regional spelling bee (2014)
- IU Bee winner competes at nationals (2013)
- Eighth grader wins IU Bee (2013)
- School-sponsored contestant ends run in national spelling bee (2012)
- Press Release: Han wins spelling bee for second consecutive year (2012)
- Press Release: School to co-sponsor Scripps spelling bee (2012)