WHAT IS IT?
The Spelling Bee is an event that challenges children K-8 to utilize their spelling and phonetic skills in a competitive environment. The top 27 spellers in the state compete in the State Spelling Bee to determine who will represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The winner and an escort receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete with spellers from all over the nation.
To compete in the Arizona Spelling Bee, finalists must win a series of competitions at local, district and regional or county levels. These top spellers compete in the State Spelling Bee to determine who represents Arizona in the National Spelling Bee. Scripps sponsors the National Spelling Bee.
The 2007 Arizona Spelling Bee will air on KAET-Channel 8 as follows: April 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.; April 23 at 4:30 a.m. and April 29 at 2:00 p.m.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
To become one of the 27 finalists in the Arizona State Spelling Bee, students must win their school spelling bee. They then must win their district bees. Finally, each county holds a bee to determine who competes as a finalist in the state bee. Due to the size of Maricopa County, six regional bees take place. The winner and runner-up from each of the six regional competitions become finalists in the state bee. Pima County sends two contestants to the state bee.
WHO MAKES THIS POSSIBLE?
U.S. AIRWAYS is the Presenting Sponsor of the Arizona State Spelling Bee.
Additional support provided by: