Reinforce a positive and relative reading habit by engaging students with an authentic text - the newspaper.
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Coordinator Forms
 • Division Winner Form
 • Protest Form
 • Certificate Of Achievement
 • Certificate Of Participation


The Free Lance–Star is pleased to offer schools in the following areas the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Colonial Beach
King George

The bee is open to students, grades K-8, in enrolled schools. Public, private,parochial and home-schools are invited to enroll.

Each school must register directly with Scripps at There is a $115 materials and enrollment fee per school. The Free Lance–Star contributes $17, reducing the per-school cost to $98.

Competition begins with classroom bees. Classroom winners advance to grade-level bees, grade-level winners advance to school-wide bees, and school winners participate in a county (or division) bee. These winners compete in the Regional Bee hosted by The Free Lance-Star in March.

The champion of the Free Lance-Star Regional Bee will win $1000 and an all-expense paid trip for the winner and an escort to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in June. While in Washington, our champion will compete against more than 275 spellers from across the country and enjoy a variety of events organized for Bee participants.

For more information, contact Stacy Rounds 540/374-5000, ext. 5574.

For tips for preparing for the Bee and FAQs, visit the Scripps National Spelling Bee Web site

Creating A Classroom Newspaper