Midwest Spelling Bee

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – approx. 12:30 p.m.
Location: Omaha Public School Teacher Administration Building

About the Midwest Spelling Bee:

Each year, nearly 80 students from Nebraska and western-Iowa compete in the Omaha World-Herald’s Midwest Spelling Bee. The students earn the right to compete in the Midwest Spelling Bee by winning their county or district bees. The winner of the Midwest Spelling Bee receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete against champion spellers from across the country in the Scripps National Spelling Bee the end of May. The Omaha World-Herald is proud to sponsor The Midwest Spelling Bee since 1929.

Contestant Information:

2015 Bee Contestant Packet


Enrollment Process:

The deadline for schools to enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee Program is January 30, 2015.

Registration Fee

  • $113 – August 14 through December 12, 2014
  • $188 – December 13, 2014 through January 30, 2015

To see when your County Bee will be held, please see the County Coordinator list here.

Each county may send one representative to the Midwest Spelling Bee. The students that compete at the Midwest Spelling Bee are the champions of their county. Check with your county coordinator for information on local contests.

All schools must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee at www.spellingbee.com in order to be eligible to compete at the Midwest Spelling Bee.

There is a materials and enrollment fee of $113 per school (not district) payable to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. For individual home school families who are not members of a Bee-enrolled home school association, there is an $81 per family fee.

Ready to enroll your school? Visit www.spellingbee.com.

Each county is to hold their final bee to qualify a champion for the Midwest Spelling Bee on or before Monday, March 2nd.

Enrollment benefits for schools include:

In order to participate in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee program (and Midwest Spelling Bee), schools must enroll by January 30, 2015. Along with satisfying an eligibility requirement for students, enrollment provides the following benefits:

By Email:

Upon enrollment you will receive:

  • Exclusive online access to grade-specific word lists and study sheets for grades 1-8
  • 2015 Classroom Pronouncer Guide
  • 2015 School Pronouncer Guide
  • 2015 School Spelling Bee Study List
  • 2015 Supplemental Vocabulary materials (optional)
  • Great American SpellCheck materials


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Forms (For County/District Coordinator use):

County Registration
County coordinators please complete this form to confirm your county spelling bee contest.
Deadline: Friday, November 28, 2014.
Download PDF

Contestant Registration
County coordinators please complete this form with your county champion’s name and information.
Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2015.
Download PDF


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Scripps National Spelling Bee rules
2015 Rules of the Midwest Spelling Bee

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Resources and Study Materials:

Free Student Study Guide

  • Spell It! Booklets: Free online access to the student study guide is available at www.myspellit.com.

School Guides
Available only to schools enrolled with the Scripps National Bee at www.spellingbee.com. To gain access to the following guides, schools need to register and pay the enrollment fee. The National Spelling Bee will send a confirmation e-mail with ID and password to access the guides in the School Log-in section.

  • Classroom Guide: This guide is recommended for classroom competition and/or practice test.
  • School Pronouncer Guide: This guide is recommended for school competitions.

County Guide
Recommended for final competitions. County coordinators need to complete the County Registration Form and send to Midwest Spelling Bee Coordinator to gain access to the following guide. This guide will be mailed out via U.S. Mail in November.

  • District Pronouncer Guide

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Who can participate in the Midwest Spelling Bee?
The Midwest Spelling Bee is the preliminary to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held each spring in Washington, D.C. The competition is open to students through the 8th grade and not reached their 16th birthday. All schools – public, private or charter – are eligible to participate. Homeschooled students are also eligible to compete.

How does a student register for the Midwest Spelling Bee?
Each county can send one representative to the Midwest Spelling Bee. The students that compete at the Midwest Spelling Bee are the champions of their county. For information on your county contest, contact your county coordinator.

How do I know if my school has enrolled?
An enrollment report will be posted and updated weekly.

Who is my local coordinator?
If you have questions about your local county spelling bee, please contact your county spelling bee coordinator. A few of the larger counties, such as Douglas and Lancaster are divided by school district.

Where do I get the words for my school’s Spelling Bee?
The school’s Spelling Bee Coordinator can select any word list for the school competition. After a school has registered with the National Spelling Bee organization, more information and resources will be sent to school coordinators. Additional resources are available at www.spellingbee.com.

Why the fee?
The fee was implemented by the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2007 in an effort to sustain the long-term financial health of the not-for-profit program. This fee is in line with similar programs such as Odyssey of the Mind and the Geography Bee. The fee was originally $130 per school; however, the Omaha World-Herald is contributing $17 towards each school. This new price will show up when you register and pay on www.spellingbee.com.

My school or district has concerns about the fee?
You may want to consider recouping the fee by asking parents of student participants to pay a nominal entry fee of $2-5 or asking your PTA/PTO organization to sponsor you school. Alternatively, a business, community organization, or concerned parent may sponsor your school.

For additional answers to your questions, visit the Customer Service Information Center on the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.

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If you cannot find the information you are looking for in regards to the Midwest Spelling Bee, please contact:

Midwest Spelling Bee:
Sue Violi
Midwest Spelling Bee Coordinator
Corporate Events
Omaha World-Herald
1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1500
Omaha, NE 68102
Tel: 402-444-1486
E-mail: sue.violi@bhmginc.com

Scripps National Spelling Bee:
Nicole Dittoe
Sponsorship and Operations Assistant
Ph: 513-898-4033
Fax: 513-977-3808
Email: nicole.dittoe@scripps.com or bee@scripps.com

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