The Bee takes place each year at Medina High School Auditorium. Districts that choose to participate must pre-register their schools each fall. It is open to students from public, private, and parochial schools in the county. Schools are invited to send one student per 175 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to the competition. The students qualify for the regional competition through competing in their local building spelling bee.
The county Bee, which is sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal, follows the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee format. The top winners of the Medina County Spelling Bee go on to represent Medina County at the Akron Regional Bee in March.
About the National Spelling Bee…
Each sponsor (newspaper) organizes a spelling bee program in its community, usually with the cooperation of area school officials (Medina County ESC). The champion of the sponsor’s final spelling bee advances to the finals in Washington, D.C.
The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
In general, the program is open to students who have not reached their 16th birthday on or before the date of the national finals and who have not passed beyond the eighth grade at the time of their school finals. A complete listing of eligibility requirements may be found in the Suggested Rules for Local Spelling Bees.Staff Members Responsible:
Janice Kollar - Spelling Bee Coordinator
Janelle Sailer - Secretary