Pamplin Media's Regional Spelling Bee brings area students to spell out fun
Nervous energy will be in the air as a group of 43 Portland-area students vie for the opportunity to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., at the Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee.
The competition will heat up at the Hollywood Theatre on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.
The winner earns an expense-paid week in Washington, D.C. and the right to compete in the Super Bowl of spelling bees, the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins on May 27, 2019.
The Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee invites fourth through eighth grade students attending Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas county public, private, alternative and home school groups to compete in the regional spelling bee. Students advance to the regional bee after winning their individual school bees.
The Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee will test the spellers on words from the 2019 Pronouncer Guide, the official word list provided by Scripps National Spelling Bee. The pronouncer for the Regional Spelling Bee is David Miller, from OPB's Think Outloud.
Pamplin Media Group launched the Regional Spelling Bee in 2004 in order to give Portland- area students an opportunity to compete on a national level in an academic arena. This is the only Regional Spelling Bee in Oregon so the event's winner will represent the entire state.
"We are so proud to be in our 16th year with the Regional Spelling Bee. It is so rewarding to watch these students succeed and have a love for learning, " said J. Brian Monihan, Vice President of Pamplin Media Group.
More than 250 students from around the country and the world compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In order to compete in the national spelling bee, the student must be sponsored by a local newspaper. Along with competing in the bee, the winning student will have the opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. and participate in organized social events with other spellers.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee was started by The Louisville-Courier-Journal in 1925 with nine sponsoring newspapers and nine contestants. It was made famous by the thrilling documentary movie Spellbound, and more recently by the movie Aquilla and the Bee. Now ESPN airs it live and Network TV airs the final rounds live, which has greatly increased community awareness of the event.
ABOUT THE REGIONAL SPELLING BEE:
When: March 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97212
43 students in 4th through 8th grade will compete.
Regional winner goes to national competition:
The Pamplin Media Group Regional Spelling Bee winner on March 9, 2019, will travel to Washington, D.C. and compete in the National Spelling Bee on May 27, 2019.
The National Spelling Bee first started in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Little did they know that their literacy effort would reach 11 million students every year.
The Bee's purpose:
The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.
2019 OREGON REGIONAL SPELLING BEE FINALISTS
Each is listed by school along with their winning word from their school final.
Archer Glen Elementary School
Arts and Communication Magnet Academy
Boones Ferry Primary School
Carden Cascade Academy
Cedar Park Middle School
Christ the King Catholic School
Da Vinci Middle School
Damascus Middle School
East Orient Elementary School
Edy Ridge Elementary School
Forest Hills Elementary School
French American International School
Grace Lutheran School
Hallinan Elementary School
Hazelbrook Middle School
Highland Park Middle School
Islamic School Of Met
J. Clyde Hopkins Elementary School
Jackson Middle School
Lake Grove Elementary School
Lake Oswego Middle School
Lakeridge Middle School
Le Monde French Immersion Charter School
Meadow Park Middle School
Middleton Elementary School
Mountain View Middle School
Multisensory Learning Academy
Oak Creek Elementary School
River Grove Elementary School
St. John The Baptist Catholic School
St. Thomas Moore School
Stoller Middle School
The Madeleine Elementary School
Thomas R. Fowler Middle School
Mason Van Doren
Three Rivers Charter School
Village Home Education Resource
Westgate Christian School
Westridge Elementary School
Whitford Middle School