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WIPB Spelling Bee

2017 Bee set for March 11

MUNCIE – Spellers from more than 50 area schools will compete in the second WIPB Spelling Bee, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 11, in Sursa Performance Hall, on the campus of Ball State University.

WIPB will be broadcasting the regional bee LIVE as well as streaming the event on our website.

The Youth Opportunity Center Foundation generously contributed the funds to cover the Scripps fees for schools to participate from Delaware, Jay, Blackford, and Randolph counties. The YOC has been supporting the regional bee for more than a decade.

The champion of the WIPB Spelling Bee will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Other prizes for the spellers include reference books, gift certificates and more.

In addition, WIPB has partnered with the Muncie Boys & Girls Club and Motivate Our Minds for spelling bee clubs that meet weekly at the centers.  The Boys & Girls Club spelling group is led by Ball State University journalism professor Youngah Lee and her daughter (a former spelling bee champ), Jinwon.

Last year’s WIPB Spelling Bee champion was Samantha Academia, a student at Yorktown Middle School.

For more about last year’s competition, including a video of the bee, click here.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters for making the WIPB Spelling Bee possible: Family Vision Care, Youth Opportunity Center, Avila Orthodontics, Dr. Leland C. Wilhoite DDS, MutualBank, MITS and Boyce Systems.

For more information about the WIPB Spelling Bee, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Michelle Kinsey at (765) 285-5887 or mkinsey@nullbsu.edu.