ERIC Number: ED097722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
What Do You Want to Know about the National Spelling Bee? Fact Sheet and List of 1974 Champions and Sponsoring Newspapers with Contest Rules.
National Spelling Bee, New York, NY.
The National Spelling Bee, which is designed to help boys and girls improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, and develop correct English usage, began in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1925 with nine sponsoring newspapers and contestants. The contest is now sponsored by daily and Sunday newspapers throughout the United States. Newspapers pay an annual sponsorship fee which goes into a fund to be used for awards and for the operation of the National Spelling Bee. The only requirements which a sponsor must fulfill concern the age and grade of the speller it sends to the National Spelling Bee. The speller must not reach his sixteenth birthday on or before the date of the national finals, and he must not have passed beyond the eighth grade. Every contestant participating in the National Spelling Bee in Washington receives a cash award, the amount depending on his or her order of finish in the competition. Some of the contest rules are: contests for classroom, school, district, city or regional championships may be conducted either in writing or orally, or a combination of the two; and words used in the national finals shall be selected from the book "Words of the Champions," from the lists used in the various city and regional contests, and from "Webster's Third New International Dictionary" and its 1966 Addenda Section. (SW)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Language Acquisition, National Competency Tests, Spelling, Vocabulary Development
National Spelling Bee, c/o Scripps-Howard Newspapers, 200 Park Aveune, New York, New York 10017
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Spelling Bee, New York, NY.