North Texas area students will compete Wednesday, March 20, in the TCU College of Education Regional Spelling Bee with hopes of advancing to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The bee is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in the BLUU. The winner will also receive an opportunity to take a TCU audit course in the summer.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and Mary Patton, dean of the College of Education, will welcome the guests. Judges are Robin Griffith, Ranae Stetson and Fran Huckaby (from the College of Education) and Linda Lee, a longtime teacher and judge. The pronouncer is Cynthia Walters, longtime English teacher and local pronouncer.
Spelling bee contestants have come a long way already: They first had to win at the local level, hosted by 457 schools in a 16 county area, and then went on to win one of 25 area bees. Students competing in this regional spelling bee represent public, private, parochial, charter and home schools located throughout North Texas.
The TCU College of Education Regional Spelling Bee is sponsored by the COE's Center for Urban Education and the Star-Telegram.