Scripps National Spelling Bee and HCLS Spelling Bee
2021 HCLS Virtual Spelling Bee Takes Place on Saturday, March 20, 2021
and the Scripps National Bee, June 1-3, 2021
September 25 update – Howard County Library System is proud to once again bring to your students in grades 4 through 8 the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program!
NEW THIS YEAR: The Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow you to administer your school spelling bee program, whether students are learning in your classrooms or remotely from their homes. The online testing platform will be available in October to give you increased flexibility when administering your school’s spelling bee program.
August 28 update – The 2021 HCLS Spelling Bee takes place virtually next spring. Please stay tuned for more updates including new virtual resources for school bees from The Scripps National Spelling Bee. Thank you!
April 24 update – We received official notice that Scripps has canceled the National Spelling Bee for 2020. The HCLS Spelling Bee is now canceled as well. These actions are due to the ongoing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus and uncertainty around when public gatherings will be possible or advisable.
This decision follows the announcement on March 20 that Scripps was suspending the national finals with hopes of rescheduling. Scripps has determined there is no clear path to safely set a new date this year.
While plans for a 2020 championship have ended, Scripps National Spelling Bee is engaging with students and parents by offering educational resources and social media-based learning opportunities.
A note from Scripps’ executive director, Paige Kimble:
Our thoughts immediately go to our spellers and their families. The students have dedicated time and effort to their passion for learning. They should be proud of all they have accomplished by winning spelling bees at the classroom, school and regional level. Nevertheless, our first priority has to be the health and well-being of our spellers and their families and the hundreds of staff and spectators that come together for Bee Week.
Our hearts go out to the spellers who won’t get their final shot at winning because of the pandemic and the difficult decisions it is prompting us to make. They are now part of a widely expanding group of children and adults who are missing out on opportunities due to the coronavirus.
This was a very difficult decision and we share in the disappointment of our students, teachers and parents. Our main priority remains the health and safety of our staff and community.
March 20 update – Please note Scripps has suspended the National Bee. In the short term, the HCLS Spelling Bee, which had been rescheduled for May 2, is postponed until further notice.
Scripps is exploring potential solutions, including perhaps an online or virtual solution, to help local sponsors like HCLS hold a local bee. We are in conversation with Scripps and expect to receive further guidance in the next couple of weeks.
As noted by Scripps: If possible, the Bee will work with local sponsors, spellers, convention partners, and ESPN to reschedule the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee for later this year.
- Arrive by 1:15 pm to check in and prepare for the bee. You must be checked in at the registration desk by 1:55 pm, or the alternate from your school will be called to the stage and asked to take your place. Once the alternate is notified to represent your school, you will not be reinstated – NO EXCEPTIONS. Please allow extra time for unforeseen circumstances such as traffic, weather, etc. We expect all seats in the auditorium to be filled.
- If for any reason you will not be able to attend the Spelling Bee, notify HCLS as soon as possible at 410.313.7750 or via email: [email protected] Your school has chosen an alternate who will be asked to take your place should you be unable to compete.
- All spellers will be given numbers and seated on the stage. Once you leave the stage, your parents can meet you near the contestants’ room. Please note that we will take group pictures at the end of the bee of all contestants.
- All participants in the Spelling Bee will receive a certificate and medal. First and second place winners will receive $1,000 and $750 scholarships, respectively.
- By participating in the HCLS Spelling Bee, you agree, should you win, to represent the county in the National Spelling Bee held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland from May 24 to 29, 2020. *please follow the spelling bee.com page for updates*
- As an alternate, you are asked to be available to represent your school at the HCLS Spelling Bee should the winner from your school be unable to participate.
- If we are notified in advance that your school winner is unable to attend, we will contact you immediately.
- Please plan to attend the event to represent your school in case of an unexpected problem. Plan to be on site by 1:45 pm. Allow extra time for unforeseen circumstances such as traffic, weather, etc.
- If your school’s winner is not checked in by 1:55 pm, you will be called to the stage and asked to take his/her place. If this happens, and you are not in the auditorium, your school will not be represented.
- All spellers will be given numbers and seated on the stage. Once you leave the stage, your parents can meet you near the contestants’ room. Please note that we will take group pictures at the end of the bee of all contestants who participated in the Bee.