Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee

Student at microphone in the spelling bee competition

The best spellers in elementary and middle schools on the Lower Shore convene annual at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore the first Saturday in March for a regional competition where the winner will qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Spelling is held in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, an 1,167-seat venue on the UMES campus that provides spellers with a sense for what one of them can expect at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

UMES stepped forward in 2013 to sponsor the free event, but opted in 2021 to put the competition on hiatus because of the long-term effects of the COVID19 pandemic and its impact on local schools, which faced challenges conducting a normal class schedule.

The winner receives a keepsake medallion and an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital in late May to compete with top spellers from across the country.

Since its inception, the regional spelling bee has provided students in grades three-through-eight with an opportunity to showcase their spelling and vocabulary skills – with one getting the chance of a lifetime opportunity to compete on national television for the right to be called the country’s best speller.

For further Information Contact:
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Public Relations
410-621-2355

*Should there be any weather-related updates or information for spellers, it will be posted on this page.

A picture of the UMES campus map it has the Ela Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts circled showing the location of the Eastern Shore Regional Spelling Bee.

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