More than 80 students from Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties will take to the stage at the University of South Carolina Upstate on Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. to vie for the title of Regional Spelling Bee Champion and the opportunity to represent the Upstate of South Carolina in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.
Students in grades 3-8 from public, private and independent schools will compete on the stage in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center where they will be asked to spell words such as gulosity (excessive appetite) or hooroosh (excited state).
“The University is honored to host the 12th Annual USC Upstate Regional Spelling Bee and to bring students of this caliber to our campus,” said Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Clif Flynn, who looks forward to hosting the 500 people expected to attend Saturday’s competiton. “In addition to improving students’ spelling skills and increasing vocabularies, the USC Upstate Regional Spelling Bee provides valuable experience in helping students develop poise and composure, traits that are necessary for success in public speaking, performing arts and athletics.”
The USC Upstate Regional Spelling Bee will be held in two rounds. All participants will compete by grade level in the first round to narrow the field down to around 18 spellers. Spellers who are not eliminated in the first round will compete in the final round to determine the Regional Winner. All school winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony between the two rounds of competition.
The Bridwell family from Spartanburg School District 5 have three children who have combined to win eight of the first 11 years of the Bee. Oldest daughter Keiko won the Regional Bee four times, middle son Zane once, and youngest daughter Kalika three times including 2015.The Bridwell family is expected to be on hand Saturday to volunteer at the event.
For more information, contact Kim Land, organizer of the USC Upstate Regional Spelling Bee and instructor of marketing at USC Upstate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-503-7354.