Bee Week 2019 Registration Guide for National Finalists and Their Families

A Message from the Bee's Executive Director, Paige Kimble


Count yourself as one of the best spellers in the world, spelling champion.

Courtesy of your sponsor as well as your spelling and vocabulary knowledge, you have qualified for the honor of competing in the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

There’s more to this honor than appearing on a national stage. Beginning May 26 and continuing through May 31, you and your family will participate in Bee Week — a series of special events, parties and recognition opportunities bookending the competition experience.

Excited? Great! Here’s more: Our former national finalists and their families tell us that the best part is making friends and forging lasting connections.

We prepared this registration guide as an introduction to all that awaits you. Please read this guide carefully with your parents. The enclosed information will help you get the most out of your Bee Week experience. I also urge you to take advantage of the resources available once you register at spellingbee.com.

Register within a week of winning your final local spelling bee. If, however, you win your final local spelling bee on or after March 20, register immediately and no later than March 27. For more information on what you need to do and when you need to do it, please see your Champion Checklist (included below).

Once again, congratulations. Take pride in your remarkable achievement. We look forward to meeting you in person and celebrating together during Bee Week 2019.

Best regards,

Executive Director, Scripps National Spelling Bee

Your Champion Checklist

☑ Win Your Area's Final Local Spelling Bee

☐ Complete Your Champion Registration

☐ Upload Your Speller Photo

☐ Sign and Upload the Necessary Forms

☐ Plan Your Trip to National Harbor

☐ Take the Preliminaries Sample Test (available April 10)

☐ Use Our Study Resources (available April 10)

☐ Read the Rules (available April 10) and Other Competition Information

☐ Order T-Shirts and Tickets to Bee Week Events

By March 27...

You and a parent should complete your Champion Registration.

Register at www.spellingbee.com within one week of winning your final local spelling bee by clicking Login in the top right corner and using the credentials provided in the champion letter you received from your sponsor.

You'll begin with general information about you and continue through the form until you reach the good part: your bio, an interesting fact about you and your favorite things!

We want to know all about you to help us represent you well on our website, in the Bee Week app and in our other Bee Week communications, including the commemorative autograph book.

2018 Champ Karthik Nemmani's page in the Bee Keeper

By March 27...

You should upload your speller photo.

We need a photo that best represents you to use in Bee Week publications, on spellingbee.com and on the jumbo screen during competition sessions! A posed, head and shoulders, full color photo is best.

Upload your speller photo to your Champion Registration at spellingbee.com.

Watch the video below to learn more about what makes a great speller photo.

By March 27...

You should sign and submit the required forms.

Read through all three forms carefully with your parents. Then you and a parent or guardian will each have to sign each form.

Submit your forms by uploading three PDF documents to your Champion Registration at spellingbee.com.

By March 27...

You should work with your sponsor to plan your trip to Bee Week.

Once you've logged in at spellingbee.com and completed your Champion Registration, you can use the Make Bee Week Reservations link on your Champion Checklist to reserve tickets and book accommodations at the Bee’s official hotel, the Gaylord National.

During registration, you will reserve your family's room for six nights at Gaylord National Resort. The Bee's discounted rate is $1,924 for a six-night stay, inclusive of all taxes and daily resort fee. You must book your accommodations using the Make Bee Week Reservations link to receive the Bee's discounted rate.

On April 10...

You can take the Preliminaries Sample Test and use our Round Two study resources.

During Bee Week, you will take the Preliminaries Test with your fellow spellers. To prepare for the Scantron test format, log in at spellingbee.com to use the sample test, complete with pronunciations from Dr. Bailly himself!

Beginning April 10, when you log in at spellingbee.com, you will have access to the Preliminaries Sample Test and the Round Two Study Guide. All words in Round Two will come from the Round Two Study Guide, and we also provide the Round Two Study Tool to help you study them.

For everything else, use your one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged, which you can access with the certificate you were awarded for winning your regional competition.

You should also familiarize yourself with the Contest Rules of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will become available on April 10.

Before May 3...

You can purchase event t-shirts and additional event tickets.

During Speller Registration, you will receive two exclusive, spellers-only t-shirts and free tickets for the two ticketed Bee Week events.

Kickoff Party (Monday, May 27)

Awards Banquet (Friday, May 31)

One ticket for each event is for the speller, and the other should be used by a parent or guardian. Additional tickets to these events will be available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis through the Make Bee Week Reservations link in your Champion Checklist.

Each speller can also reserve up to three tickets to the Primetime Finals (Thursday, May 30). Additional Primetime Finals tickets are not available; general admission seating will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are not required for other rounds of onstage competition.

Are you ready for Bee Week 2019?

Keep scrolling to learn more about what to expect on every day of Bee Week, see some of our favorite photos and watch videos from 2018. We also encourage you to download a PDF of the Bee Week 2019 schedule, so you won't forget an event!

*All scheduled times subject to change.

Sunday, May 26

Speller Registration

3 - 7 p.m. | Hall of Champions

Sunday is arrival day for spellers and their families. You will register, pick up your Bee Week packet and receive your speller t-shirts and commemorative autograph book.

Monday, May 27

Preliminaries Test

11 a.m. | Maryland Ballroom

Memorial Day will begin with the Preliminaries Test, which all spellers will take together in the Maryland Ballroom. Beginning April 10, you can access a sample test to familiarize yourself with the format by logging in at spellingbee.com.

Official source of words for this test is Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

Opening Ceremony

4 p.m. | Maryland Ballroom

Later in the afternoon, you and your family will attend the Opening Ceremony where you will learn about the Bee’s rich history and hear from Bee officials.

Kickoff Party

5-7:30 p.m. | Exhibit Hall E and Orchard Terrace

Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, you will gather for the Kickoff Party where you will get to know your fellow spellers and enjoy a buffet dinner. *This event is ticketed.

Tuesday, May 28

Onstage Spelling: Round Two

8 a.m. - 4:35 p.m. | Maryland Ballroom

The onstage spelling portion of the competition will begin on Tuesday morning. Be sure to pay close attention to the competition schedule to know which group you will join to spell onstage.

Beginning April 10, you can access the Round Two Study Guide and Round Two Study Tool by logging in at spellingbee.com.

Official source of words for Round Two is the Round Two Study Guide.

Onstage Spelling: Round Three

4:45 - 6:30 p.m. | Maryland Ballroom

Spellers who spell correctly in Round Two will move on to compete in Round Three of the Preliminaries on Wednesday. Round Three will be broadcast live on the WatchESPN app.

Group 1 spellers will begin Round Three on Tuesday evening.

Official source of words for Round Three is Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

Wednesday, May 29

Onstage Spelling: Round Three

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Maryland Ballroom

Spellers who spell correctly in Round Two will move on to compete in Round Three of the Preliminaries on Wednesday. Round Three will be broadcast live on the WatchESPN app.

Official source of words for Round Three is Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

Announcement of Finalists

~4:45 p.m. | Maryland Ballroom

In the evening, points will be tallied for the Preliminaries Test and Rounds Two and Three of onstage spelling, and we will announce which spellers will compete in the Finals on Thursday. No more than 50 spellers will advance to the Finals.

Thursday, May 30

Onstage Spelling: Finals

10 a.m. | Maryland Ballroom

On Thursday, our Finalists will compete for the national title. The morning portion of the Finals will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app.

Onstage Spelling: Primetime Finals

8 p.m. | Maryland Ballroom

Before the Primetime Finals, we will have remarks from figures from the Scripps National Spelling Bee and The E.W. Scripps Company.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the best of the best will compete for the national title. By the end of the day, we will have a 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion! The Primetime Finals will be broadcast live on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

Official source of words for all Finals rounds is Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

Friday, May 31

Awards Banquet

7 p.m. | Maryland Ballroom

Bee Week concludes with the Awards Banquet, a time to recognize the Champion, the Finalists and all of our national finalist spellers. *This event is ticketed.

Farewell Party

10 p.m. | Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Then we dance the night away at the Farewell Party! All are welcome to attend.

For the Awards Banquet and Farewell Party, a dress shirt and slacks or a party dress is appropriate.

So, what now?

We're glad you asked.

Show appreciation to our prize sponsors.

Send thank-you notes to Encyclopædia Britannica, Jay Sugarman and Merriam-Webster!

We have provided addresses for these sponsors when you log in at spellingbee.com.

Follow the Bee on social media.

You can interact with us on social media by using #spellingbee or by tagging @ScrippsBee in your Tweets and @ScrippsNationalSpellingBee in your Instagram posts. We love to highlight your spelling bee content for our fans!

We also post regularly on our official Facebook page (/ScrippsNationalSpellingBee) and our YouTube channel (/ScrippsBee).

When Bee Week arrives, you'll also be able to download photos by our official photographer on the Bee's Flickr page. They are free to download, and you can find photos of yourself by searching: 2019speller#.

For example, Speller 1 would search: 2019speller1

Wait impatiently for our spellers-only e-newsletter.

Before Bee Week, you will receive issues of our speller e-newsletter with additional important information for you and your family.

Look out for the first issue the week of April 1st!

Thanks for reading through your Champion Registration Guide!

Complete your Champion Registration at spellingbee.com, study hard and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you have questions that aren't answered in this guide or your Champion Checklist, please contact us.

See you at Bee Week!

The Bee Team

About the Bee

The nation's largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.

The Bee's purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

About Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 36 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Stitcher; the fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff; and Triton, the global leader in digital audio technology and measurement services. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

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