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Spelling Bee



The Spelling Bee is geared towards students in grades five through eight.  Each school district may once again send one student for every 1-1000 K-12 student population to the regional bee.  The fee for each Region Spelling Bee participant is $110, payable to Lakes Country Service Cooperative.  This fee is separate from the fee which is required by Scripps. If funding is an issue, we encourage you to seek funding from your local PTO or other group that supports your academic endeavors. Your word list and official study booklet as well as other helpful materials may be accessed through the Scripps website:

The Region IV Spelling Bee was held on February 6, 2024.  


When Jacob Warner successfully spelled “apiary,” he became the Region IV Spelling Bee Champion and earned an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., that will take place at the end of May.

Jacob, a 7th grader from Fergus Falls Kennedy Secondary School, stated how he prepared for the Spelling Bee, “my parents would say a word from the practice word list, and I would spell it.” He also stated that he spent many hours studying for this event. The words turned out to be a fun challenge for Jacob as he worked his way through 17 rounds of difficult words against 22 other talented spellers from 20 different local schools. A few additional words that Jacob mastered included pantheon, macaw, and noxious.

Linnea Morris-Johnson, a 6th grader at Morris Area School, earned first runner-up honors as she successfully spelled “beret” and “feign” in addition to other words. Ethan Quitberg, an 8th grader at Holy Rosary in Detroit Lakes, earned second runner-up honors as he successfully spelled many words, including “deprivation” and “antipathy.”

Photo of Jacob Warner, Spelling Bee Champion
Photo of Linnea Morris-Johnson, First Runner-Up
Photo of Ethan Quitberg Second Runner-Up




Monica Thompson
Academic Challenges Coordinator

Jolene King
Program Assistant