Students in the eighth grade or below, in the Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas County areas of West coast Florida are invited to join in our 2012 local Spelling Bee.The exact date and location will be announced soon, but our Bee will be held sometime in January 2012, in the North Tampa area.
The winner of the LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee will go on to compete in the 2012 Tampa Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg 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 nationalScripps Spelling Bee earlier this year.
LIFE of Tampa Spelling Bee participants will not be divided into grade or age levels, but will compete together, in the style of the regional competition in March. There is no minimum grade level for participation. 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. Registration is open through December 31, 2011.
A donation of $5 per participant is requested at the time of registration, to help defray associated Bee costs. Register at our EventBrite page:
In addition to winning a spot at the Regional Bee in March, our LIFE of Tampa winner will also win a free World Language course from Middlebury Interactive Languages. Our event champion will win one free semester of the award-winning powerspeaK12 online world language courses, which feature fun age-specific activities and games to help students become proficient in a second language. The program includes reading, writing, speaking and cultural lessons, which are being used by 50,000 students nationwide. Champions can choose from multiple level courses in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German and Latin. These self-paced courses help students with memory and creative thinking. Learn more about the courses at powerspeak.com.
Our runner up will win a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids . The free subscription includes unlimited access to two student-appropriate encyclopædias, atlas, dictionary and thesaurus, and more, including:
- More than 17,511 articles,
- Learning Activities for English & Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences
- Step-by-step Research Guides
- An updated world atlas, thousands of images and videos.
- An online student dictionary and student thesaurus, and thousands of articles from 403 respected magazines and journals.
- Developed for students age 8 and up
Encyclopædia Britannica is also offering a 50% discount to the kids.britannica.com website for all participants in the Bee, or to offer to other interested parties in conjunction with the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
So register soon, and enjoy these great resources to start brushing up on your Spelling Bee skills!
- Scripps “Spell It!”study site
- Merriam Webster’s Word Central and Webster Online
- Vocabulary and Spelling City
- The Resource Room: Reading and Spelling
- and this great list of Spelling Resources