KPA again sponsors state spelling bee

Posted December 1, 2022

Is your newspaper staff interested in hosting a local spelling bee competition?

The Kansas Press Association will serve once again as the official regional partner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the 2022-2023 school year.

Amber Jackson, KPA’s spelling bee coordinator, said, “Together, we can provide students with the opportunity to compete in the nation’s longest-running educational competition.”

KPA is currently looking for member newspapers to host local and county spelling bees.

If your staff is interested in sponsoring a local bee, contact Jackson at

Each year, the bee reaches millions of students across the country with the classroom and school materials that it provides to schools enrolled in its annual program.

Local school spelling bees can be conducted in one of three ways:

• In person at a traditional spelling bee event.

• Virtually through a video conferencing platform like Zoom or Google Meet.

• Virtually via online tests using the Bee’s Online Testing Platform.

No matter how your schools choose to determine a spelling bee champion, all school champions at enrolled schools will compete in their respective county bees, before moving on to the state competition.

The Sunflower State Spelling Bee, our area’s regional spelling bee, will take place on March 25, 2023 at Newman University in Wichita. The champion will represent our area in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place in the Washington, D.C., area in May.