KOKOMO, Ind. – Twenty-three elementary and middle school students will compete March 21 at the North Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Kresge Auditorium on the campus of Indiana University Kokomo.
The winner of the regional competition will advance to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in the Washington, D.C., area, to compete with spellers from all 50 U.S. states and several other countries. Bee Week is set for May 28 to June 3, with on-stage rounds of the competition May 31 and June 1 before an international audience in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
Tim Sehr, Ivy Tech staff member and coordinator of the regional bee, said Ivy Tech has sponsored the regional spelling competition for four years and is happy to have Indiana University Kokomo as a co-sponsor this year.
“The North Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee offers youngsters from Howard, Tipton, Miami, Pulaski, Cass, and Fultoncounties the opportunity to join in this national competition that’s been going on since 1925,” Sehr said. “The stated purpose of the national spelling bee – ‘to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives’ – is one that Ivy Tech and IU Kokomo are proud to support.”
Sehr said the winner of the regional bee will receive an expenses-paid trip to the nationals along with The Samuel Louis Sugarman Award entitling the spelling to receive a 2017 United States Mint proof set and a $25 Amazon gift card. The winner will also receive one-year subscriptions to Britannica Online Premium and to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online. The second-place finisher will receive a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition donated by Merriam-Webster and a $25 Amazon gift card.
“Wherever they finish, all the participants benefit from their participation in the bee,” Sehr said. “This experience can build confidence and self-esteem. It offers an opportunity to develop their public-speaking skills and it encourages them in their educational endeavors.”
Students qualified for the regional by winning their schools’ spelling bees. Participating schools include:
Acacia Academy, Kokomo
Blair Pointe Upper Elementary School, Peru
Caston Elementary School, Fulton
Central Middle School, Kokomo
Columbia Middle School, Logansport
Eastern Elementary School, Greentown
Eastern Junior Senior High School, Greentown
Homeschool Helpers, Tipton
Howard Elementary School, Kokomo
Maconaquah Elementary School, Bunker Hill
Maconaquah Middle School, Bunker Hill
Maple Crest Middle School, Kokomo
North Miami Elementary School, Denver
North Miami Middle High School, Denver
Northwestern Elementary School, Kokomo
Northwestern Middle School, Kokomo
Peru Junior High School, Peru
Redeemer Lutheran School, Kokomo
Rochester Community Middle School, Rochester
Saints Joan of Arc & Patrick Elementary School, Kokomo
Taylor Primary School, Kokomo
Western Intermediate School, Russiaville
Western Middle School, Russiaville
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester.