Andrew Gould, a sixth-grader from Weston, and Marleah Knight, an eighth-grader from Morgantown, will join Varun Kukkillaya, the 2015 Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee champion, in Washington, D.C. to compete in May’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Andrew and Marleah are the champions of their respective regional spelling bees.
By correctly spelling “batik” and “coloratura,” Andrew outlasted 33 other spellers to take home the RESA 7 Regional Spelling Bee trophy. Marleah correctly spelled “algorithm” to win her bee.
At nationals, Andrew and Marleah will represent portions of West Virginia’s northern counties.
Several regional spellers from West Virginia compete in the national spelling bee each year. At last year’s bee, Varun and three other spellers represented the Mountain State. While none advanced past the preliminary rounds, they all performed well in the bee’s televised spelling rounds.
Like Varun, Andrew and Marleah will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the national bee. Spellers arrive May 24 and begin preliminary testing on the 26th. The main spelling rounds are May 27-28. They are televised by ESPN.
For the full story on Andrew’s and Marleah’s spelling victories, visit the Exponent-Telegram website by clicking here and the Dominion-Post’s here.
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.
Varun Kukkillaya, the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s sponsored contestant in the National Spelling Bee, missed the cut for today’s final rounds by a mere single point. He spelled his two words correctly onstage but his score on a written teste was not enough to advance.
Follow along for updates from the National Spelling Bee.
John Adams Middle School seventh grader Varun Kukkillaya is competing in the bee as the Gazette-Mail’s representative. Cheer for Varun as he goes through the preliminary rounds and then competes on the national stage.