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Deadline Nears for Spelling Bee Registration

December 9, 2009

December 18 is the registration deadline for the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. To participate, students must either attend a school that is registered or register with Scripps as a homeschooled student.

Registration information, including details about entry fees and age requirements, is available at So far, schools from 13 Wyoming counties have registered.

The Wyoming State Spelling Bee will be held March 13, 2010, at the University of Wyoming. The university and the event sponsor, the AARP National Spelling Bee, invite eligible Wyoming students to participate.

To compete at the state level for a chance to represent Wyoming at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, students must first qualify through a series of elimination bees, which must be held on or before March 1, 2010.

The Wyoming Spelling Bee champion wins an expenses-paid trip to the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in the spring.

"We are glad to offer our experience holding spelling bees for people age 50 and older to ensure that the students of Wyoming get a chance to compete on the local, state and national level," AARP National Spelling Bee Chairwoman Pat Johnson says. "It's wonderful that the University of Wyoming is willing to offer this opportunity to young students to challenge themselves and showcase their talents."

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, started in 1925, is the longest running educational promotion. This is the second year the University of Wyoming will host the Wyoming bee. The organizers of the AARP National Spelling Bee will officiate at the Wyoming State Bee.

The statewide competition will help to connect Wyoming schools, build relationships, and promote learning and competition through the state's rural communities. Participation in the spelling bee encourages students to study vocabulary, word history and definitions. It promotes academic achievement and allows students to gain self-confidence and develop poise.

For study tips, qualifications, and more information about the Scripps National Spelling Bee or the state spelling bee, visit or e-mail the Wyoming State Spelling Bee at


Posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

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