BANGOR, Maine — The local Penobscot County Spelling Bee finals will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre.
The winner of this competition will qualify to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition in the Washington, D.C. area this May. The event is free and open to the public.
“Husson University is delighted to host and sponsor the Penobscot County Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year,” said Provost Lynne Coy-Ogan. “Organized by our School of Education, this event honors student achievements and helps promote academic excellence.”
Every fall, tens of thousands of schools enroll in the Spelling Bee program. Schools then conduct spelling bees at the classroom, grade, and/or school level.
Each participating school in Penobscot County gets to send one student and one alternate to compete in the countywide competition at The Gracie. These students have already proven themselves to be exceptional spellers by winning competitions at their respective schools. The program is open to students 15 years of age or younger who have not passed eighth grade.
As the sponsor, Husson University will provide the winner and a parent or guardian with an all-expense-paid trip to the Washington, D.C. area. This individual will be one of two students representing the State of Maine in the national competition.
The Penobscot County Spelling Bee is an elimination-style competition held in front of an audience and a panel of judges. Husson University’s Associate Professor of Elementary Education, Dr. Sandip Wilson, will serve as the person responsible for providing the words to the students.
The Scripps National Spelling 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 local spelling bee sponsors around the world. The goal of the event is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.