Students in 6th, 7th or 8th grades of any school district/association located in Lancaster County shall be eligible, provided they have not attained their 16th birthday on or before the date of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (SNSB) finals, which will be held the week of May 24, 2020.

Each school must be registered, with the SNSB fee paid, prior to sending a speller to the written-test portion of this competition. Schools should register online now through December 20, 2019, at spellingbee.com. (Please note that the per-school early bird enrollment runs through October 15, 2019, at a reduced SNSB fee.)

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Friday, February 7, 2020 – Last day for school/district spelling bees to be held in Lancaster County.

Monday, February 10, 2020 – Last day for Spelling Bee Coordinators to submit names of semifinalists (HERE), who will advance to the written spelling test.

Semifinalists MUST bring the following forms to the written spelling test:

Posed Photography Consent

Semifinalist Personal Information

Wednesday, February 19, 2020** – 100-word Written Spelling Test

Gerald G. Huesken Middle School, 500 Mount Sidney Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

6:00 PM Registration begins. Semifinalists will be photographed.  Students MUST bring their signed Posed Photography Consent and Semifinalist Personal Information forms with them to the test.  A parent/guardian is requested to remain with each semifinalist.
6:45 PM Registration concludes; semifinalists arriving after registration will not be permitted to take the test.
6:50 PM Semifinalist are escorted to the testing area. Parents remain in the auditorium.
8:00 PM Test concludes.

**Snow Date is Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Monday, February 24, 2020 – Spelling Bee Finalists revealed HERE.

Friday, March 13, 2020 – 62nd LNP/LancasterOnline Spelling Bee

Gerald M. Huesken Middle School, 500 Mount Sidney Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

5:45 PM Registration begins. Finalists escorted to holding area after registering.
6:15 PM Registration concludes. Late arrivals will not compete in Bee.
6:30 PM Finalists meet with LNP Photographer.
6:45 PM Finalists meet with Pronouncer.
7:00 PM Spelling Bee begins.