Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee

At the Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee, the top spellers in grades 4-8 from Metro area schools compete against each other. Students increase their vocabulary, improve their spelling, and develop useful language skills for life.

Each school champion qualifies for the semifinals, which is a 50-item computer-based spelling and vocabulary test. The top 50 spellers then compete at the Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee. The champion will go to Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.

2023 Regional Winners

top three spelling bee champions standing with their trophies on stage

Pictured from left to right:
First Place: Vihaan Kapil, Agamim Classical Academy, Edina
Second Place: Arya Carlson, Capitol Hill Magnet, Saint Paul
Third Place: Esther Van Arnem, Scott Highlands Middle School, Apple Valley

Scripps Benefits

Schools that enroll in the 2023 Bee program receive the following benefits:

  • Exclusive online access to the teachers-only section of
  • Official pronouncer guides for use in conducting classroom and school spelling bees.
  • The Great Words, Great Works reading list with all source books, organized by reading level.
  • Supplemental vocabulary materials for classroom and school levels.
  • Customizable certificates for your participants and school champion.
  • Britannica Online for Kids: A one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids to award to a participant in your school’s spelling bee program. If your school enrolls on or before September 30, your school receives TWO one-year subscriptions to Britannica Online for Kids.
  • Study Materials: The 4,000-word Words of the Champions study guide for school champions that includes the 450-word School Spelling Bee Study List.

School Registration

The per-school registration fee through Scripps is $175.

The fee for the Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee for the top 50 spellers is based on Metro ECSU membership status. To find out if your school/district is a member, check the updated list here.
Metro ECSU Member: $99/speller
Non-Member: $130/speller


The deadlines for the 2024 Bee will follow a similar schedule as below.

December 31, 2022Scripps School Bee registration closes
January 27, 2023Final date to hold School Bee
February 1, 2023Deadline to register your School Bee champion for the semifinal online test
February 6 – 13, 2023Semifinal online test is available until February 13 at 11:59 pm
February 17, 2023Semifinal online test results are released
February 17, 2023Top 50 qualifiers are notified to participate in the Regional Bee
February 22, 2023Deadline to enroll your qualified semifinal champion in the Regional Bee
March 9, 2023Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee at Fridley High School Auditorium (Door 12)
6000 W Moore Lake Dr NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432
5:00 – 8:30 pm (approximately)


Thank you to our 2023 sponsors! Your donations help fund venue rental, travel costs for the 1st place winner to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee , coordination of the program, and more.

If you would like to learn more about sponsoring the Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee, you can view the sponsorship levels or contact Katie Wenzel at 612-638-1554.

At the Spelling Bee, students…

Utilize skills of goal setting, good sportspersonship, public speaking, and strong communication.

Learn usage, meaning, and history of word components.

Increase their vocabulary and develop cognitive abilities and learning strategies.


For more information about how your students can participate, if you are interested in volunteering as a judge, or if you’d like to sponsor the Bee, contact Katie Wenzel at 612-638-1554.

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