North Texas area students will compete Wednesday, March 19, in the College of Education Regional Spelling Bee with hopes of advancing to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The bee is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in the BLUU. This will be the fourth year the College of Education has hosted the spelling bee.
“We are excited to host the Regional Bee this year because of the amazing children who travel to TCU to compete,” said Dr. Jan Lacina, associate dean of the College of Education. “These are incredibly bright and inquisitive children, and will some day serve as leaders and thinkers of our community. The College of Education at TCU is proud to play a part in their educational experiences.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Jim Witt and Mary Martin Patton, dean of the College of Education, will welcome the participants and guests. Judges are Robin Griffith, Karrabi Malin, Altheria Gaston (College of Education) and Linda Lee, longtime teacher and judge. The pronouncer is Cynthia Walters Fuller, professor of English and local pronouncer.
Spelling bee contestants have come a long way already: They first had to win at the local level, hosted by 471 schools in a 16 county area, and then went on to win one of 25 area bees. Students competing in this regional spelling bee represent public, private, parochial, charter and home schools located throughout North Texas. Five of the 25 contestants are returning area champions with this being their second or third time to compete at the regional level.
The winner of the bee will receive an opportunity to take a TCU audit course, an expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, and the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award.
The TCU College of Education Regional Spelling Bee is sponsored by the COE’s Center for Public Education and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The TCU College of Education Regional Spelling is coordinated by Dr. Lacina and Julie Vu.