School districts, charters and home schools have until Dec. 12 to sign up for the 71st Annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee that will take place Feb. 24 in Camp Verde. Enrollment fees are $220 per school, which includes a $75 late fee. Yavapai County Education Service Agency (ESA) reimburses the registration fee to county district schools with Forest Fees Management Association funds, said Jenn Nelson, ESA administrative assistant.
How well do you know the 2016 champions’ winning words?
Speller: Jairam Hathwar
Sponsor: Corning Rotary Club, Corning, New York
Definition: used for a system of aided body movements intended to increase body awareness and ease tension.
Speller: Nihar Janga
Sponsor: Houston Public Media, Houston, Texas
Definition: a rationally developed mechanistic type of social relationship characterized by impersonally contracted associations between persons.
From the Scripps Spelling Bee website.
Individual schools conduct their own spelling bees, sometimes holding bees in each classroom, again by grade level, and culminating with a champion that will represent his or her school at the county bee. To be eligible, schools must be enrolled through the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The winner of the county bee will move on to the state level to compete March 25 at the PBS-KAET Studio on the downtown Arizona State University Campus where the competition will be filmed. The state winner will represent Arizona in June at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Participating students receive an official study list based on grade level. Schools receive official pronouncer guides. One student per school receives a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids.
Spellers through eighth grade are eligible, although the speller must not have passed beyond the eighth grade before Feb. 1, 2017. Students who repeated a grade level may or may not be eligible depending on decisions by Scripps officials. Spellers must not have reached their 15th birthday before Aug. 31, 2016.
The 2016 champion, Tanner Dodt, was a sixth-grader at Heritage Christian Home Educators. The runner-up was Anna Fulton, a sixth-grader at Granite Mountain Middle School. Prescott Unified School District hosted the county bee at the Ruth Street Theater.
In 2015, Tanner Dodt won the county bee as a fifth-grader. Naina Misra, a sixth-grader at Bagdad Elementary School, was the runner-up. The bee was hosted by Camp Verde.
Humboldt Unified School District hosted the 2014 bee at Glassford Hill Middle School, where Miranda Todd, an eighth-grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School, won the bee. Marlow Jackson, a sixth-grader at Prescott Mile High Middle School, was runner-up.