I look outside to see an endless blanket of thick, silky snow. This is the second time in the past 8 days that I have been greeted by this sight. An unusual amount of about 6 inches of snow collected on the ground each time; it is not typical for Kansas, or this part of the country, to have so much precipitation within such a short span. Despite the frigid temperatures, the incalescence of spelling bees has started to kicking in across the country – Bee Season has started.
I suppose this isn’t just in the United States anymore, since the popularity of spelling bees has been spreading across the globe recently. One of the reasons for the ‘globalization’ is because the Scripps Spelling Bee has become more of an international event, with champions from other countries making their entry to the annual spelling event, which is held in the Washington DC area during Memorial Day week.
As I write this, class spelling bees are being held across the country, and in some areas, school bee champions are already being crowned. In fact, one of our friends called us to inform us that their child had just won his school spelling bee. They were interested in learning how to take the next step to prepare their child for the next level of competition. They sounded very excited as any parents would be.
When I participated, I never overlooked the local competitions, even after having placed 4thin 2008. My parents and I appreciated every event and I approached each and every bee the same way. Actually, if you think about it, the local bees become a little trickier once you have been to the national competition. At the national bee, spellers get used to receiving additional information, such as alternate pronunciations, and are able to delve into root word questions, which are not usually encouraged at the local bees. Hence, it is imperative to always treat regional bees carefully, whether or not you are a veteran of Scripps.
The final regional competitions that qualify the winner for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, however, are not held until after the first of February. This is due to the eligibility requirements outlined by Scripps. It states that, for a speller to qualify for the National Bee, the speller must have won a final local spelling bee on or after February 1stof that year. ‘The Gleaner’ from Jamaica, WI, who sponsors the Jamaican national champion to the Scripp’s event every year, is one among others who hold its final competition early in February. This year, the Jamaican national champion will be crowned on February 2, 2011.
Good Luck, everyone, at your school and regional
That’s it for this time! Along with my dad, I will continue to provide more commentary as this year’s bee season progresses and I will try to narrate my personal experiences as well. Please feel free to add comments and share your bee experiences. We would love to hear about them!