PAGE of Wake County is proud to be the official sponsor of the PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee, part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Program. PAGE of Wake County (Partnership for the Advancement of Gifted Education), in partnership with The News & Observer and North Carolina State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) and College of Education (CED), and the Carolina Hurricanes is sponsoring The PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee open to ALL Wake County students 8th grade and below.
The champion of the PAGE of Wake County Spelling Bee will win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. There will be other prizes for our area’s top spellers, including reference books and gift certificates. Each year, as millions of viewers tune in to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on television, millions of students are inspired by the nation’s largest and longest-running educational competition. In addition to improving students’ spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise—a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts and athletics.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee begins at the local level, and you must enroll in order to participate. Enrollment begins every year in August and continues until October. To enroll, go to spellingbee.com. Once you are enrolled, you will receive online access to the Pronouncer Guides, study lists for students, Great American SpellCheck materials, award certificates, and local spelling bee program information. For more details, please visit spellingbee.com or PAGEpage.org.
Once enrolled, schools organize and hold their own spelling bees and then send a representative from their school to the regional bee. Only registered schools are able to send a student to the regional bee and then on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
We look forward to providing this wonderful opportunity to ALL eligible Wake county students. For more information, please visit spellingbee.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, 100 public, private, charter and home schools participated. We hope to see many of you return this year, and would love to see some new schools represented! The impact of the spelling bee is so much greater than the individual sent to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, or even the champions sent to our regional bee. Every classroom from K-8 may participate. Students have found that participating in the spelling bee improves their study habits and gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment, even if they are not the champions. We’re excited for our 2015 Bee and can’t wait to see each of you there!
Maegan Mohr and Michelle McCarthy
Regional Spelling Bee Coordinators