Columbia Missourian to Host Scripps Regional Spelling Bee March 13 on the MU Campus

2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Event

Since 1941, the Scripps National Spelling Bee program has been promoting literacy among elementary and middle school students. The Columbia Missourian will host 55 students from eight Missouri counties at the regional qualifying event to be held on Wednesday, March 13, in the Geological Sciences building on the Mizzou Campus.

55 Students from 8 Mid-Missouri Counties Slated to Compete

Columbia, Mo. (March 8, 2019) — The second annual Columbia Missourian Regional Spelling Bee will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in Keller Auditorium in the Geological Sciences building at the University of Missouri. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program.

There are 55 elementary and middle school students from eight mid-Missouri counties competing in the event to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee – known as Bee Week. Columbia-area competitors are listed below.

The Missourian is proud to sponsor this event as students receive multiple benefits from participating in it, according to Bryan Chester, the Missourian’s general manager.

“Students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, develop their news literacy skills and more through this program,” Chester said. “These are skills that will help them in their studies and throughout their lives.”

Regional winners will be eligible to compete in the national event, which will be held May 26-31 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, just outside of Washington, D.C. ESPN will broadcast the competition.

Missouri School of Journalism students enrolled in an Event Planning and Promotion class are executing the event on behalf of the Missourian. “This class is yet another great example of the Missouri Method at work,” said Lauren Eisleben, who teaches the class. “Students learn how to use events as an effective public relations tool in the strategic communication industry.”

Event sponsors for the Columbia Missourian Regional Spelling Bee are Missouri Cotton Exchange, Flying Cow, Andy’s Frozen Custard, McDonald’s, Visionworks, Missouri State Teachers Association, Scholastic Books, Veterans United Home Loans, Columbia Mall, Focus on Learning, Harold’s Doughnuts and GOPO Gourmet Popcorn.

Participating Mid-Missouri Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle
  • Beulah Ralph Elementary
  • Blue Ridge Elementary
  • Cedar Ridge Elementary
  • Christian Chapel Academy
  • Christian Fellowship School
  • Columbia Independent School Lower
  • Columbia Independent School
  • Derby Ridge Elementary
  • Eliot Battle Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Islamic School of Columbia-Missouri
  • Jefferson Middle
  • John B. Lange Middle
  • John Ridgeway Elementary
  • Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary
  • Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary
  • Mid-Missouri Co-Op of Home Educators
  • Midway Heights Elementary
  • Mill Creek Elementary
  • New Haven Elementary
  • Oakland Middle
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish
  • Parkade Elementary
  • Rockbridge Elementary
  • Russell Blvd. Elementary
  • Shepard Blvd. Elementary
  • Smithton Middle
  • Two Mile Prairie Elementary
  • Ulysses S. Grant Elementary
  • West Middle
  • Windsor Street Montessori School

Updated: November 6, 2020

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