Once again this year, WHRO Public Media is proud to sponsor the regional competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 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.



Skeyla "Pahrto" Asadi, of Virginia Beach, was last year's champion for our area.

A Few Fun Facts:

  • The National Spelling Bee began in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Little did they know that 90 years later their literacy effort would reach 11 million students each year.
  • Eight spellers conquered eight championship words to make history in 2019. What were they? Auslaut. Erysipelas. Bougainvillea. Aiguillette. Pendeloque. Palama. Cernuous. Odylic.
  • The French word connoisseur has been the most frequently used word on Scripps National Spelling Bee word lists.
  • There was no Scripps National Spelling Bee from 1943-1945. It was called off due to World War II.

The Bee helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. In addition to the academic benefits, students also develop important life skills – like goal setting, time management and public speaking – that will help them as they advance in school and eventually to successful careers.

Watch a previous competition: