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Spelling Bee

Each spring, the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee invites 4th to 8th grade students from 11 surrounding counties to demonstrate their spelling knowledge as they attempt to make their way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Interested schools can register with Scripps at, then conduct their school spelling bees. The school champion/s qualify to participate in the WITF Written Spelling Bee which consists of a 50 word written and 50 word vocabulary test.  No more than the top 36 spellers participate in the WITF Grand Championship Spelling Bee, an oral spelldown which is then broadcast on WITF TV. The winner from the WITF Grand Championship Spelling Bee qualifies to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Below are the forms needed to participate in the WITF Spelling Bee. Schools can register their champions by completing the School Registration Form and individual spellers and their parents/guardians can complete the Speller Biography & Appearance Release Form.

If needed, you can also print a copy and mail the completed forms to WITF (address below), or email them to

Questions should be directed to:
Ruth J. Keim
WITF Spelling Bee Coordinator

Mail completed forms to:
WITF Public Media Center
Ruth J. Keim / Spelling Bee
4801 Lindle Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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