Day 44: Watch a spelling bee

13 Feb

I love the drama and suspense of a spelling bee. Luckily, in Tallahassee there are many opportunities to catch local spelling bees. Thanks goes to the Tallahassee Democrat for sponsoring this competition. The bees start in November with competitions at participating Leon County elementary and middle school. (You cannot be older than 16 or past the eighth grade). The winners of each school compete at the county level in January. A month later, in mid-February, the winners of 12 counties in the Big Bend region (which includes a few counties in Georgia) meet for the Regional Spelling Bee. Whomever wins Regionals gets to travel to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. and a chance to win more than $30,000 in cash prizes. I went to the Regional spelling bee competition and watched 12 very smart kids stand before a crowded room to test their knowledge. My advice is to get there early, because the small room fills up fast. It was over in a little over an hour. Adorable 13-year-old Ann Marie Brown was the winner after successfully spelling the word “troika.” This is a great event to take kids. It might inspire them to improve their vocabularies and read.

Address: Regionals are held at the Aquilina Howell Center at 3955 West Pensacola

One Response to “Day 44: Watch a spelling bee”

  1. Leanne February 13, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Many years ago my sister won the Regional Spelling Bee for The Flagler County region (held in Jacksonville) and went to Nationals at Washington, D.C.

    It is a great event! Lots of suspense and amazement at the words these kids can spell.


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