Suncoast Credit Union to Sponsor Lee County Spelling Bee

Suncoast Credit Union to Sponsor Lee County Spelling Bee
Posted on 03/14/2022
Spelling Bee

The 24th Annual Lee County Spelling Bee will be held March 17, 2022 at Three Oaks Middle School. Suncoast Credit Union is serving as this year’s sponsor to support the competition and send the winner to the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“The Lee County Spelling Bee provides an opportunity for our local students to develop strong language skills, confidence in themselves, and recognition for excellence in academics,” says Spelling Bee Coordinator Dr. Connie Harris. “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!”

The Lee County Spelling Bee will provide 28 students from 14 middle schools the opportunity to participate in America’s longest-running educational competition. The regional champion will move onto national competition in May and compete for the Scripps Cup. The 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion was Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans. Avant-garde won the coveted title in round 18 with the correct spelling of “Murraya.”

Each year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee reaches millions of students across the country and around the world with the classroom materials it provides schools enrolled in the yearlong program. The purpose of the Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. Participation in local bees also provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in public speaking, develop confidence and inspire a love of learning and connection with their peers.

The Lee County Spelling Bee, sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union, will start at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 17th. Three Oaks Middle School is located at 18500 Three Oaks Parkway in Fort Myers. Media interested in attending should RSVP to [email protected].