Top spellers will compete in the TCU College of Education Regional Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union. Students will compete for a chance to represent North Texas at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
This year’s contestants hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s regional winner, Ansun Sujoe, the reigning co-champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Contestants have come a long way already: They first had to win at the local level, hosted by 491 schools in a 16 county area, and then went on to win one of 25 area bees. Contestants are in the 3rd-8th grade and represent public, private, parochial, charter and home schools.
“We are excited to host the regional bee this year because of the amazing children that travel to TCU to compete,” said Jan Lacina, associate dean of the College of Education. “These spelling bee winners are incredibly bright and inquisitive children, and will someday serve as leaders and thinkers of our community. The TCU College of Education is proud to play a part in their educational experiences.”
Mary Martin Patton, dean of the College of Education, and a special guest from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram will welcome the participants and guests. Judges are Robin Griffith, Karrabi Malin, Becky Taylor (from the College of Education) and Linda Lee, a longtime teacher and judge. The pronouncer is Cynthia Walters Fuller, professor of English and local pronouncer.
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 cash award, a trophy, a subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, and the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award.
The TCU College of Education Regional Spelling Bee is sponsored by the TCU Center for Public Education and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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