The Bee is the nation's largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and 267 sponsors in the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
Sponsorship is available on a limited basis to daily and weekly newspapers serving English-speaking populations around the world. Each sponsor organizes a spelling bee program in its community with the cooperation of area school officials: public, private, parochial, charter, virtual, and home schools.
Schools wishing to participate in the spelling bee arena must enroll with the national office to ensure their students are eligible to participate and to receive the materials needed to conduct classroom and school bees. During enrollment, school bee coordinators receive their local sponsor's program-specific information - local dates, deadlines, and participation guidelines.
To participate, your school - or a benefactor on behalf of your school - must enroll through the Scripps National Spelling Bee website. The regular enrollment period usually ends in mid October. There is a late enrollment period/extension offered each year.
The official study booklet is available free online to district teacher sponsors by logging into the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.
The champion of each sponsor's final spelling bee advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington, D.C.
Local Spelling Bee Program
Ashland County Spelling Bee
The Ashland County Spelling Bee has been set for Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center. In case of inclement weather, the bee will be held on Thursday, February 3rd (time and location will remain the same). Communications are sent to each building on a routine basis.
Champion (7th & 8th grade): Tyler Hartzler, Mapleton Middle School
Finalist: Laila Manchester, Loudonville Junior High School
Champion (6th grade): Claire Swaisgood, Ashland Middle School
Finalist: Amelia Ashley, Mapleton Middle School
Ashland Times Gazette Article - Tyler Hartzler, Claire Saisgood Claim First-place trophsies in Ashland County Spelldown
Holmes County Spelling Bee
The Holmes County Spelling Bee that was set for Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., was postponed due to inclement weather and
rescheduled on January 20, 2022 at the West Holmes High School. Communications are sent to each building on a routine basis.
Champion: Isaiah Swartzentruber, Chestnut Ridge Elementary School
Finalist: Gabrielle Mullet, Berlin Elementary School
Daily Record Article "Repercussion" is the winning word in the Holmes County Spelling Bee
Wayne County Spelling Bee
The Wayne County Spelling Bee has been set for Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Orrville High School's Auditorium. In case of inclement weather, the bee will be held on Thursday, January 27th (time and location will remain the same). Qualifying contestants will advance to The Akron Beacon Journal Regional Spelling Bee in Akron. Communications are sent to each building on a routine basis.
Champion: Nick Kakanuru, Edgewood Middle School
Finalist: Emma Weahry, Chippewa Jr/Sr. High School
Daily Record Article - Edgewood Middle School student triumphs at Wayne County Spelling Bee
ESC Spelling Bee Co-Coordinators
Jennifer Marrah, Consultant
P: (330) 345-6771 Ext. 237
Debbie Stoler, Administrative Assistant
P: (330) 345-6771 Ext. 270
F: (330) 345-7622