The 2017 Duke University Regional Spelling Bee will be held March 11, 9 a.m. to noon, at Riverside High School, 3218 Rose of Sharon Rd., Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the 2017 bee in this story.
Every year, the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs (DARA) makes possible the regional qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. About 60 champion spellers from elementary and middle schools across Durham and Orange counties gather on campus to compete for the regional title, and DARA provides the champion and his/her family an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in National Bee Week.
DARA 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 2016 Duke Regional Spelling Bee winner was Bettie Closs, a seventh-grader at Lucas Middle School in Durham. Bettie also won the 2014 and 2015 regional bee.