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Vermont State Spelling Bee 

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The VPA is excited to offer the opportunity for our VPA Member school students from grades 1 through 8 to compete in a spelling bee competition through the Scripps National Spelling Bee. A student’s journey begins at the school level and may end at the national level!  Below is information to help provide guidance on timeline and process.

The VPA will host our state Bee on March 28th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Kirk Center at Middlebury College. Spellers should arrive by 2:30 for a mandatory meeting at 2:45. 2024 Speller Registration Form.

 The Bee’s Educator Guide  is helpful for school principals and school bee coordinators.

Schools enroll at during the fall and early winter. The per-school fee is $175 (payable via check or credit card). Once enrolled, school bee coordinators log into to access to all materials needed to conduct classroom and school bees, including:

  • Study lists with spellings and word meanings for grades 1-8,
  • The 2024 Classroom Competition List for administering classroom spelling bees,
  • The 2024 School Competition List for administering a school spelling bee,
  • 2024 Words of the Champions, a 4,000-word study list for your school bee champion(s),
  • The Great Words, Great Works reading list containing all source books for the School Spelling Bee Study List, organized by grade level,
  • Supplemental word meaning materials for classroom and school levels, and
  • Printable award certificates for participants and your school champion.

Schools should conduct their bees anytime between September 2023 and February 2024. Each school may advance up to three bee champions to the VPA Vermont state Bee. Please note: All school champions must be registered via our Speller Registration Form by March 15th, 2024.

School champions use Scripps’ study materials – the 2024 Words of the Champions list – to prepare for our VPA state competition. In addition to the 2024 Words of the Champions study list, all students may download the Bee’s Word Club app via the Google Play Store or Apple Store and access FREE spelling and vocabulary quizzes for all 4,000 words on the 2024 Words of the Champions study list!