USD to Host Scripps Spelling Bee Final

Spelling Bee photo South Dakota's best spellers will compete at USD to determine who will represent South Dakota at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host the state’s top spellers for the Scripps Spelling Bee state final Saturday, March 18. The competition will begin at 10 a.m.

“The USD Scripps Spelling Bee program offers a highly-competitive program outside of athletics that recognizes academic success,” said Cheryl Havermann, coordinator of the state spelling bee. “The program offers K-8 students in South Dakota an opportunity to think on their feet and public speaking experience. The purpose of the spelling bee is to help students improve their spelling skills, increase vocabulary and learn language concepts, all of which increase literacy.”

After advancing at the school and regional level, the state's best spellers compete at USD to determine who will represent South Dakota at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 28-June 2. Last year’s winner was 8th grader Logan Gregg of Vermillion Middle School.

The Scripps Spelling Bee has been sponsored by USD since 2012.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 206 undergraduate and 71 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.