Twenty-First Annual Spelling Bee

Twenty-First Annual Spelling Bee
Posted on 03/04/2019
Twenty-First Annual Spelling Bee

The best spellers from 21 middle schools across Lee County are going to compete at the 21st Annual Lee County Spelling Bee on March 6, 2019. The winner will earn a trip to Washington DC to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“If you have never seen a local Spelling Bee competition or the nationally televised National Spelling Bee, the competition is intense and is an experience our champion will never forget!” says Spelling Bee Coordinator Connie Harris.

Forty-two students in all will be challenged with increasingly harder to spell words until only one remains. They finished first or second at their school spelling bee to earn the right to compete for the county championship. 

The Lee County Spelling Bee is sponsored by Grant Phelan, founder of the Phelan Family Brands restaurant group. (Pinchers, Deep Lagoon, Texas Tony’s) His wife Kathy is a former teacher and he immediately volunteered to sponsor the bee after last year’s was cancelled for lack of a sponsor.

“After losing our business sponsorship last year, our county was not represented at The Scripps National Spelling Bee for the first time in twenty years, Harris says. “We are thrilled to be able to once again host the County Spelling Bee competition and offer our local champion an opportunity to compete with hundreds of some of the brightest middle school students from around the nation.”

ABC-7 Morning News Anchor Jen Stacy will be the host and pronouncer. Judges for this year’s Bee are Estero High School Science Teacher Dr. Barry Harris, former teacher at Three Oaks Middle School Mary Stead and Lee County School Board Member Cathleen Morgan.