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Scripps College to host regional Scripps Howard Spelling Bee March 10

Mar 8, 2012

Scripps College to host regional Scripps Howard Spelling Bee March 10

Scripps Howard National Spelling BeeATHENS, Ohio (Thurs., March 8, 2012)—The Scripps College of Communication, together with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Ohio University Office of Admissions, will host the regional SE Ohio Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee competition in Walter Hall at Ohio University on Sat., March 12. Seventy students from a 33-county regional area will compete, with the top finisher advancing to the national bee in Washington, D.C. on May 27.

"We in the Scripps College of Communication, along with our colleagues in Arts and Sciences and the Office of Admissions, are thrilled to host these students as they pursue their dream of being the Scripps Spelling Bee champion," said Scripps College Interim Dean Scott Titsworth. "The Scripps Spelling Bee represents a preeminent opportunity for students to achieve excellence. Having the opportunity to host the regional spelling bee illustrates the depth and benefits of our more than four-decade relationship with the Scripps organization."

Each of the 70 students already won their school, district or county bee and completed an online spelling test to qualify to attend regionals. The 70 students who qualified via the online test competed against approximately 450 other students for a spot at the regional bee.

School of Communication Studies Interim Director Jerry Miller, who is serving as a faculty host along with Sarah Patten Sargardia, is looking forward to seeing the talent and dedication the visiting students have put forth to become participants in the spelling bee at the regional level.

"We are looking forward to hosting the outstanding students over the next couple of days," Miller said. "They are talented sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who have earned the right to participate in this fun event."

In addition to the spelling bee on Saturday, the Scripps College of Communication will offer OU 101, an event to introduce students to Ohio University, as well as a Parent Forum to provide parents of spelling bee participants with insight into the college admission process, financial aid considerations, and other programs. Recreational activities are planned for those arriving to Athens Friday evening.

Interim Dean Titsworth said the programming reflects the fact that this will be many of the young area students' first trip to Ohio University's main campus.

"We are excited to bring these students to our campus to learn about our outstanding academic programs while they also engage in spirited competition," he said.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an educational promotion sponsored by The E.W. Scripps Company in conjunction with sponsoring newspapers and organizations around the world. Its purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

The national program is coordinated by The E.W. Scripps Company corporate headquarters in Cincinnati. The program is open to students attending public, private, parochial, charter, virtual, and home schools. The 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee will involve more than eleven million students at the local level.