Regional Spelling Bees

Our newspapers have sponsored the following regional spelling bees from around the country. We are so proud of all the spellers and our hearts go out to them since the Scripps National Spelling bee had to cancel the national finals due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, these amazing young spellers will not be able to compete. We want to recognize Megan Lynch, eight-grader from the California Central Valley Spelling Bee, because of her age and grade level, this will be her final year competing. We want to thank Megan for all of her hard work as an incredible speller and wish her all the best as she enters high school.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 winners!



California: The Sacramento Bee

The 2020 California Central Valley Spelling Bee champion, Megan Lynch, eighth-grader from St. Albans Country Day School in Roseville, CA.

Read the articles here and view video here.

For more information about the regional bee click here.


Florida: The Miami Herald

The 2020 Miami-Dade/Monroe winner was Stella Armstrong, fifth-grader from Fisher Island Day School in Miami Beach, FL. 

Read the article here.

For more information about the regional bee click here.


Florida: The Miami Herald

The 2020 Broward County spelling bee has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Please check back later for new region date and winner. In 2019 the champion was Simone Kaplan, seventh-grader from St. Bonaventure Schools in Davie. 

Read the article about Simone

To find out more details about the regional bee click here.


North Carolina: The Charlotte Observer

The 2020 spelling bee winner was Grisham Paimagam, fifth-grader from Barringer Academic Center in Charlotte, NC.

Read the article here.

South Carolina: The Sun News (Myrtle Beach)

The 2020 spelling bee winner was Alex Nikolov, sixth grader from Ocean Bay Middle School in Myrtle Beach.

Read the article here.





Scripps National Spelling Bee Information

Saluting the Eight-Graders

Meet the 2020 Champions

Scripps National Spelling Bee Cancells 2020 national finals due to coronavirus

2020-2021 important dates: TBD

May 2020: Enrolment begins for the 2019-2020 program year.

May - October: Early bird enrolment with a discounted fee.

October - December: Regular enrolment; no discounts.

Early 2021: Information will be sent regarding any preliminary rounds and about school champions advancing to the regional bee.

February/March 2021: Regional bees will be held and the winners will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

May 2021: Scripps National Spelling Bee, National Harbor, Maryland.

To enroll your school click here.

Regional Bee Details

To obtain information about your local spelling bee program, click here and enter your school's zip code. Please note that most local spelling bee organizers update their program information after Labor Day.