Registration is open through January 16 for the 2012 LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee
Students in the eighth grade or below, in the Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas County areas are invited to join in our 2012 local Spelling Bee. The Bee will be held January 28th, starting at 1pm with a mini-Bee for 5-7 yr olds, at the Austin Davis Public Library at 17808 Wayne Road, off Gunn Hwy. in Odessa, FL.
The winner of the LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee will go on to compete in the 2012 Tampa Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee in March, at Admiral Farragut Academy on March 3rd, 2012. Winner of the Regional Spelling Bee may go on to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.. Last year's LIFE of Tampa Bee winner, Tommy Foster, was also the winner of the Regional Bee and went on to compete at the national Scripps Spelling Bee earlier this year.
Although we're holding a short mini-Bee for 5-7 year olds at 1pm, with the winner of that Bee participating in the main Bee at 1:45pm, LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee participants will not be divided into grade or age levels, but will compete together, in the style of the regional competition in March. There is no minimum grade level for participation.
The purpose of the Bee is to have fun while helping youth improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, and improve their English usage skills in a way that will serve them a life time! The event is intended to encourage and celebrate academic excellence in the Tampa Bay area.
A donation of $5 per participant is requested at the time of registration, to help defray associated Bee costs. Register at our EventBrite page:
In addition to winning a spot at the Regional Bee in March, our LIFE of Tampa winner will also win a free World Language course from Middlebury Interactive Languages. Our event champion will win one free semester of the award-winning powerspeaK12 online world language courses, which feature fun
Our runner up will win a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids . The free subscription includes unlimited access to two student-appropriate encyclopædias, atlas, dictionary and thesaurus, and more, including:
- More than 17,511 articles,
- Learning Activities for English & Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences
- Step-by-step Research Guides
- An updated world atlas, thousands of images and videos.
- An online student dictionary and student thesaurus, and thousands of articles from 403 respected magazines and journals.
- Developed for students age 8 and up
So register soon, and enjoy these great resources to start brushing up on your Spelling Bee skills!
- Scripps "Spell It!"study site
- Merriam Webster's Word Central and Webster Online
- Vocabulary and Spelling City
- The Resource Room: Reading and Spelling
- and this great list of Spelling Resources