I like spelling bees.
I don’t know if it’s my love for language or my competitive nature, but there’s something about the national bee that’s exciting.
This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, which aired on ESPN networks in May, was about as engaging as any sporting event could hope to be. The dramatic spell-off, which ended in Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe being named co-chapmpions, and the confident, yet heartbreaking elimination of fan-favorite Jacob Williamson made the Bee the most tweeted and talked about event that week.
We’re still months away from the 2014-2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but the start of school also serves as the start of Bee season.
Early enrollment starts today, which allows teachers, school administrators and PTA leaders to sign their schools up for the Bee at a discounted rate of $130. Early enrollment ends October 15, after which regular enrollment extends to December 12.
Enrollment takes place exclusively at www.spellingbee.com.
Once enrolled, the school will receive resources needed to run a classroom or school spelling bee, which will take place later this fall and winter. From there, winning spellers will move on to county and regional bees.
The 2014-2015 Scripps National Bee is expected to include 11 million participants this year.