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Scripps Southwest Idaho Spelling Bee

Is your child the champion for his or her school? Congratulations! Here are the answers to some questions you may have about the spelling bee. Don’t see your question or the information you are looking for? Please contact Cece Gassner at

Basic Details for Final Local Bee

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: Registration opens at 9 a.m., the bee starts at 10 a.m.
Place: Simplot Ballroom in the Student Union Building

End Time: This is hard to predict, as we keep going until a single champion is determined, but likely between 11:30 and noon. If your child exits in a round, you may leave but we hope that you’re able to stay to see the champion crowned. If you leave, we would appreciate your being respectful of the students who are still competing.

Maps: Here is a map of the campus showing the Student Union Building Location, at the corner of University Dr. and Lincoln Ave in Boise. Also here is a map of the Map of the Rooms in the Student Union Building (SUB) so you can see where the Simplot Ballroom is within that building (it’s the same room as last year’s bee). We will also have signs and volunteers stationed inside the SUB and the parking garage to help you with wayfinding.

Parking: The best parking option is the Lincoln Garage, identified on the attached map and located across the street from the SUB, also at the corner of University Dr. and Lincoln Ave. We will provide you with free parking and I will send out information about that a week before the Bee.

Food: We will provide some snacks and water/coffee for the competitors and audience. The restaurants and convenience store within the SUB will be open and you are welcome to purchase lunch or other snacks from them. More information on what is available in the SUB can be found here: Facility Information

Who May Attend?: Everyone is welcome! Please bring your friends, families and neighbors (service animals are also welcome)! We are also encouraging each school to get the word out so classmates come to cheer our spellers on. The Final Local Bee is open to the public, at no charge. If you have friends or relatives who cannot be here in person, KIVI- TV will again livestream the bee on the Internet (last year, the grandmother of one student was able to cheer on her grandson from Africa!).

Format of the Final Local Bee

The bee will be only spelling, and will be entirely oral. No vocab, no written test.

Rules of the Final Local Bee

It is your and your child’s responsibility to make sure that: (a) your child meets all of the eligibility requirements set forth in Rule 1, and (b) your child understands 2018 Rules for Local Spelling Bees.

Preparing for the Final Local Bee

There are some resources on the Scripps site, located at, that could help. Here is a link to their study tips: Spelling Bee Study Tips

Spell It 2018 is a guide put together by Scripps that groups words by country of origin and gives tips on how to work out how a word may be spelled based on country of origin. We strongly encourage each speller to study this list.

The pronunciation guide that our pronouncers will use is from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as is the information about the country of origin, part of speech, and definition.

Each child can request the pronouncer provide a definition, an example of the word in a sentence, the word’s part of speech, the language of origin of the word, and any alternate pronunciation. A speller may not be disqualified for asking a question or requesting one of these (however, the pronouncers are limited to filling requests for one of these items, and are not supposed to answer other questions about the word).