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Scripps Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee

Young girl named Naysa spells at the microphone at the national bee.

Scripps National Spelling Bee/Mark Bowen



Boise State University is proud to have hosted the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 11, 2017! The Simplot Ballroom in the Student Union Building was “buzzing” with excitement as the students gave each word their best shot.

Congratulations to the 2017 champion, Delaney Williams of Highlands Elementary School in Boise! Delaney came out on top of a field of 25 school spelling bee champions from around the region, with the winning word “trattoria.” We are excited to watch Delaney compete for the national title at the 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee outside of D.C. May 28-June 1, 2017!

What Happens at the National Bee?

There are three main components to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 290 spellers in the 2017 competition will take the Preliminaries Test on Tuesday, May 30. The spellers will have 12 Round One words to spell, 12 Round One vocabulary questions to answer, a Round Two vocabulary question and a Round Three vocabulary question, and answering all correctly can earn a speller 30 points. Wednesday, May 31, will see the start of the Preliminaries in which each speller will have a Round Two and a Round Three word to spell to earn three points for each correct spelling. If a speller misspells either of the words given to them during this Preliminaries round, however, they are disqualified from the Finals. Spellers who garner at least 27 points between the Preliminaries Test and the Preliminaries will advance to the Finals on Thursday, June 1!

In 2016, 45 of the 284 spellers made it to the Finals. Could you have qualified? Check out the test here and see!

For more information on the Scripps National Spelling Bee and how you can watch the action, visit

How Can I Participate Next Year?

If you are a school or a home-schooling family with students in the 3rd to 8th grades and you are interested in participating in next year’s Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee, please come back to this webpage in Summer 2017 for information about enrolling in the 2018 regional bee. Schools and home-schooling families in Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington Counties will be eligible to enroll. Enrollment will open in late August, with an Early Bird Deadline to enroll in mid-October and a Final Deadline to enroll in mid-December. The winner of the regional bee automatically advances to compete in the national bee for prizes up to $40,000!

For more information, email