11th-annual “$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee” Returns to Long Beach March 4

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11th Justin Rudd's 11th annual "$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee

Justin Rudd's 10th annual "$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling. Photo by Ralph Millero.

You may ask, what’s in a word? “Plenty, especially when it’s the rigors of an elementary grade level spelling bee and one of the participants has the opportunity to take home a grand prize of $1,000 cash,” said the $1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee’s organizer Justin Rudd.  Words like extraterrestrial, pollution, fiery and phylum must be spelled and spelled correctly under the watchful eyes and ears of judges. If that is not challenging enough for the young students (third, fourth and fifth graders), it must be done while their peers, who are also nervously awaiting their opportunity to shine, look on.

The $1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee is designed to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, and develop correct English usage. This contest is sure to have some nail-biting, breath-bating competitors.

All U.S. public-, private-, parochial- and home-schooled students are allowed to enter and any number of spellers from a school is welcome to compete. Students in grades 3-5 are eligible and words begin on a fifth-grade level. Students do NOT need a school’s permission to compete.

STUDENTS ARE ELIMINATED from the competition after misspelling one word. The rules are fashioned after the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a contest for students up to and including grade eight.

The 11th annual bee will take place Sun., Mar. 4, 2011; 2 p.m. at Bayshore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach, 90803.  The Bee is hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.), and the prize money comes from their Long Beach Turkey Trot.  The bee is expected to last 2 hours.

Some partial-entry scholarships are available to low-income spellers, upon request to Justin@JustinRudd.com.  Otherwise, the entry fee is $30/advance or $40 at the door.  It is $5 to spectate.  Doors open at 1:20 p.m.

There is no study guide for this Bee, and words will come from Merriam-Webster’s 11th edition dictionary.  Entry forms, sample words, rules and pre-registrants list at www.SpellingBees.com.

The pronouncer will again be Kate Karp, the 2006 Adult Spelling Bee champion (another Bee hosted by Rudd’s C.A.T.).  And, Gazette Newspaper’s Harry Saltzgaver will serve as guest pronouncer for round 1.

bargain, pneumonia, chivalry, bizarre, carriage, artifice, bursar, precocious, cautionary, bankruptcy

Last year’s winner was fifth grader Anne Jiang. She was 10 years old and attended John L. Golden Elementary School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The two winning words she correctly spelled were colander and colloquial in Rounds 10 and 11 of the 150-minute bee.  Twenty-one students got out in Rounds 1 and 2 combined. Some misspelled Round 1 words included denomination, primitive, pharmacist, faucet, miniature and competition.

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