Duke Regional Spelling Bee

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About the Program

Every year, the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs sponsors the regional qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. About 60 champion spellers from elementary and middle schools across Durham and Orange counties gather to compete for the regional title, and the Office of Durham and Community Affairs provides the champion and his/her family an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in National Bee Week.

The Office of Durham and Community Affairs sponsors the bee to promote scholastic excellence and to encourage the love of letters, words, and language. The bee is always free and open to the public, and members of the community are encouraged to cheer on the competitors.


The Bee Returns

Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee returns this year with top spellers from across the U.S. and the globe gathering near Orlando, Florida, on July 8 to compete in the nationally televised event. The final rounds of this year’s Bee will be hosted in person at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The finals, featuring 10-12 accomplished spellers, will be broadcast live in primetime on ESPN2. The 10 to 12 finalists who will travel to Orlando will have earned the right to compete in the finals by advancing through three levels of virtual competition: the preliminary, quarterfinal and semifinal segments.

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