BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Students from south-central Indiana will participate in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, co-sponsored by Indiana University's Media School and School of Education, at 11 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Monroe County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Students through eighth grade who have won spelling bees at their schools in Brown, Greene, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties will compete. The winner is awarded a trip to the National Spelling Bee semifinals and championship finals May 27 to June 1 in National Harbor, Maryland, paid for by The Media School and the School of Education.
The regional champion also receives the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, a U.S. Mint Proof Set; a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Premium; and a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online, the bee's official dictionary.
High School Journalism Institute director Teresa White and School of Education marketing and communications director Scott Witzke administer the regional contest, known as the IU Bee. Media School ambassadors and students from the School of Education's Dean's Advisory Council assist with setup and with the vocabulary portion of the bee, which consists of a written test.
"We always look forward to welcoming bright young students to the IU Bee," White said. "The IU Bee is a memorable experience for these young academics, and this exercise in critical thinking will serve them throughout their lives."