with gratitude, that the new Community Learning Center at Spirit of Life is co-sponsoring this year's Bee, freely providing space at the last minute when we lost our scheduled library venue.
So the Bee buzzes on, January 28, at 18412 Burrell Road in Odessa, where students in the eighth grade or below will be competing, starting at 1pm with a mini-Bee for 5-7 yr olds. The winner of our mini-Bee has the option of competing in the main Bee that follows.
The final 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.
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.
We hope you'll join us to cheer these wonderful children on!