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Watch the spelling bee live at UniversityofSouthDakota/Live


 USD is proud to sponsor the Scripps Spelling Bee for the state of South Dakota. Schools enrolled in the Scripps Spelling Bee program send three contestants to their assigned regional spelling bee. The 2021 regional spelling bees are held through the Scripps Online Testing Platform. Registered School Champions will be sent information to take the online test.

The top three contestants from each regional advance to the USD Scripps Spelling bee in Vermillion, where the state's best spellers compete at USD to determine who will represent the state at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Important Dates

March 6, 2020* at 8:40 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. written test, 10 a.m. oral bee
USD South Dakota Final Spelling Bee
Knutson Theater in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts
University of South Dakota campus
*Event will be held, whether in person or through electronic venue


Contact Information

Marie Anne Ben, 605-658-6282 or by email at 

Past State Champions

  • 2020 - COVID-19 (event was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • 2019 - Brendan Lindsay, Dakota Dunes, S.D. (Dakota Valley Jr. High School)
  • 2018 - Ryan Presler, Brandon, S.D. (Brandon Valley Middle School)
  • 2017 - Nana Addo, Dakota Dunes, S.D. (Dakota Valley Jr. High School)
  • 2016 - Logan Gregg, Vermillion, S.D. (Vermillion Middle School)
  • 2015 - Owen Dudley, Vermillion, S.D. (Vermillion Middle School)
  • 2014 - Antonio Lansang, Brookings, S.D. (George S. Mickelson Middle School)
  • 2013 - Max Oesterling, Custer, S.D. (SD Christian Home Education Association)
  • 2012 - Maria Bragar- Henebry, Garretson, S.D. (Greater Sioux Falls Home School Association)