2020 WIPB Spelling Bee

2020 WIPB Spelling Bee set for March 7

MUNCIE – Spellers from nearly 60 area schools will compete in the fifth WIPB Spelling Bee, set for 9 a.m. March 7, at Sursa Performance Hall, on the campus of Ball State University.

The bee will be broadcast on WIPB at 8 a.m. March 14 and 8 p.m. March 19. The bee will not air live this year due to changes in the Scripps National Spelling Bee requirements.

Students will compete from schools in Delaware, Blackford, Jay, Randolph, Madison and Henry counties.

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 spellers will include shirts, reference books, gift certificates and more.

Last year’s champion was Andrew Toney, now an eighth-grader at Lee L. Driver Middle School in Winchester.  The first runner-up was Trooper Bullock from Wes-Del Jr./Sr. High School and the second runner-up was Mahathi Raju, a student at Yorktown Middle School.

In addition, WIPB has partnered with Motivate Our Minds for a Bee Great Spelling Club that meets weekly at the Muncie after-school enrichment center.

Ball State University Teachers College has generously contributed the funds to cover the Scripps fees for all of the schools to participate.

Top presenting sponsor of the 2020 WIPB Spelling Bee is Family Vision Care. Presenting sponsor is MutualBank. Other supporting sponsors include Boyce Systems, Avila Orthodontics; Dr. Leland C. Wilhoite, DDS. Our Speller Shirts Sponsor are the employees of Navient and swag bags for our spellers are being provided by the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities.

Stay tuned to this page for updates, including spellers, additional sponsors and more.

For the official rules, click here.

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