Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee

See what all the buzz is about and fly above the rest!

At the Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee, the top spellers in grades 4-8 from Metro area schools compete against each other. Schools register through Scripps in order to be considered an official National Spelling Bee participant. 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 in March. The champion will go to Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.

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 – Opens August 22

The per-school registration fee through Scripps is $175 from August 22 – December 31, 2022. Register your school at

The Twin Cities Regional Spelling Bee fee 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 Members: $99/speller
Non-Metro ECSU Members: $130/speller

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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