NSF 2017 – Are You Ready?

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Hello All! This summer has flown by very rapidly! It feels like the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee was just yesterday. I have totally lost track of time during this summer. We have been traveling, both around the country and internationally, and we are wrapping up our last semester of coaching.

Congratulations Swetha Jasti!

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Congratulations to Swetha Jasti! Swetha Jasti won the 2011 Olathe District Spelling Bee and will be representing The Olathe News at the national contest to be held in Virgina from May 31st to June 2nd 2011. We have known Swetha and her family for almost a decade and they are very good friends of ours.  […]

Welcome Josephine Kao

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I am very pleased to welcome Josephine Kao to the blog team! Josephine competed at the national spelling bee for four years, 2006-2009, the same years that I participated. After developing an acquaintance, we became fast friends. She has been a good friend of mine ever since we met at the bee. One of the many […]

Speller Updates:

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Ever since sponsor bees officially started on February 1st, the feeling of bee fever seems to be escalating. The Jamaican national spelling champion was crowned just yesterday (http://gleaner-ja.com/gleaner/20110203/lead/lead1.html). What an exciting moment for Hanif Brown, who is one of the first to earn a spot to compete at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee!! Jamaican […]

Bee Fever is here …

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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 […]