Students from five area counties to compete in third annual IU Bee

Monday, February 17, 2014

The schools of journalism and education at Indiana University are co-sponsors of the third annual IU Bee on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Monroe County Public Library. The competition will serve as the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for Monroe and four other south central Indiana counties: Brown, Greene, Morgan and Owen.

About two dozen area students through Grade 8 who have won spelling bees at their schools will compete. The winner receives a trip to the semifinals and championship finals in National Harbor, Md., May 25 to 31, and a copy of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

IU High School Journalism Institute director Teresa White oversees the bee. Students from the Journalism Ambassador program and from the School of Education’s Dean’s Advisory Council will be on hand to help set up the auditorium and direct the spellers off and on the stage.

“I think it’s been a win-win situation for the School of Education and the School of Journalism to make these connections with students this age,” White said. “It is not any form of direct recruitment, but it does show that the School of Education, School of Journalism and Indiana University as a whole are interested in what they are doing and support them academically for these achievements that they’ve made. It takes courage and hard work to participate, and we want to recognize that.”

The (Bloomington, Ind.) Herald-Times and the (Martinsville, Ind.) Reporter-Times co-sponsored the bee from 2004 to 2011.

Anyone may attend the bee, which starts at 10 a.m. in the Monroe County Public Library auditorium.