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 28, 2017.

Each school must be registered, with the SNSB fee paid, prior to sending a speller to the written-test portion of this competition. Schools are asked to register online between August 22-October 15, 2017 at spellingbee.com. (Registration after these dates will incur a SNSB late fee.)

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Saturday, February 11, 2017 – Last day for School District/Association Spelling Bees to be held in Lancaster County.


Monday, February 13, 2017 – Last day for Spelling Bee Coordinators to submit names of semi-finalists (HERE), who will advance to the written spelling test.

Semi-finalists MUST bring the following forms to the written spelling test:

Posed Photography Consent

Semi-finalist Personal Information


Wednesday, February 22, 2017** – 100-word Written Spelling Test

Conestoga Valley Middle School, 500 Mount Sidney Road, Lancaster, 17602

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

**Snow Date is Thursday, February 23.


Monday, February 27, 2017 – Spelling Bee Finalists revealed HERE.


Friday, March 10, 2017 – 59th LNP Spelling Bee

Conestoga Valley Middle School, 500 Mount Sidney Road, Lancaster, 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.