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Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2018 Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee! Here are answers to some questions you may have about the spelling bee. Don’t see the information you are looking for? Please email Cece Gassner at with your question(s).

What schools can register and send a student to the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee?

Each school (whether public, private, charter or parochial) with students in the 3rd through 8th grades in Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington Counties in Idaho is welcome and eligible to register to send its school champion to the regional spelling bee. Each school must be individually registered – registration by one school in a district does not mean that any other school within the same district or area is also registered.

If your school is not in one of the above ten counties, please visit the database of local bees to see if there is a different spelling bee that includes your geographic area.

How can my school register and what is the registration fee?

You must register through the Scripps Spelling Bee website at

Registration opens August 22, 2017. The early bird registration fee for schools is $151 from August 22 to October 15, 2017. The regular registration fee is $226 from October 16 to December 15, 2017. Schools will not be allowed to register after December 15, 2017. Unfortunately, the registration fee and deadlines are established by the Scripps Spelling Bee and Boise State University is unable to waive or discount the fees or move these deadlines.

Is there a cost for my school champion to participate?

No. Your school champion may incur some costs to travel to Boise for the regional spelling bee; however, there is no additional fee that your school champion will be asked to pay. Additionally, if your school champion becomes the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee champion, Boise State will pay the airfare, hotel and certain other related costs for your school champion and a parent or guardian to attend the Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in late May or early June of 2018.

How does my school select a champion to send to the regional spelling bee?

Schools that register to participate are expected to conduct a spelling bee that will determine their school champion. Each school is different, and may use any format that it wishes for its spelling bee. Boise State is currently developing some tools to help schools with their spelling bee, and we will post more information about those tools as soon as possible.

What grades are eligible to participate?

Scripps has a rather detailed list of the eligibility requirements to participate in the bee, but generally, students in grades 3-8 who are not older than 15 can participate. Although Scripps allows students as young as first grade to participate, we decided to set a lower-limit of 3rd grade for our bee.

I am pretty overwhelmed and not sure how to run a bee. Can you help?

Boise State is thrilled to have some amazing students in our College of Education who can likely help you! Please email Cece Gassner at to learn more about how we can help.

When is the Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee?

The Southwest Idaho Regional Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Simplot Ballroom located in the Student Union Building (SUB) at Boise State University. We will post additional information regarding the logistics of the regional spelling bee and how to best prepare your school’s champion by February 1, 2018.

How will my school get information updates?

Information updates will be posted from time-to-time to the pages under An email informing you that an update has been posted will be sent to the name and email you submit as the Contact Person for your school when you register (so please make sure that whoever you submit as the Contact Person is either the person who will supervise your school’s spelling bee or is someone who can pass along information to that person in a timely manner).

Here are some deadlines you should know:

Deadline for early bird enrollment: October 16, 2017

Deadline for regular enrollment: December 15, 2017

Deadline for a school to conduct its bee to determine its champion: February 1, 2018

Deadline for a school to submit the name of its champion to February 8, 2018. You must submit your champion’s name and required information at for your school champion to be able to compete in the regional bee.