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USD is official state sponsor of 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is the official sponsor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee for South Dakota. The state spelling bee is scheduled to take place at Aalfs Auditorium inside of Robert L. Slagle Hall on Saturday, March 17.

Schools can enroll online through Friday, Dec. 16 at and are eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Home school students are also eligible to enroll online for the state competition. The contest is open for students in first grade through the eighth grade. All state winners will advance to the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 27-June 1, in Washington, D.C.

The nation's largest and longest-running educational promotion, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News