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The San Diego ​​​​​​Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee

The 48th annual San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee is open to 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students in public or private school with a combined enrollment of 30 or more children. The overall winner of the countywide Spelling Bee will be awarded the title of Spelling Bee Champion, and will win an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C., area in May.

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park
    2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego
    Off Park Boulevard at Presidents Way
    (near the San Diego Air and Space Museum)

A school must be registered with Scripps by Oct. 14 in order to ensure participation in the countywide spelling bee. School champion winner and runner-up information is due​ by Feb. 10. For more information contact Nicole Shina, 858-292-3850​. 


Spelling bee competitors, parents or guardians, and school leaders

Spelling Bee Champ Offers Words of WisdomGet tips for studying and what to do on the big day from 2015 countywide Spelling Bee winner Oona Flood! ​​​​​​​

  • School principals ​​and spelling bee coaches can find more registration instructions here.

  • School winners will receive a congratulations letter​ and agenda with behavior and dress guidelines.

  • The San Diego County Office of Education will be live tweeting the bee and related school news. 


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