Qualifying for the Scripps National Spelling Bee is not an easy accomplishment by any means, and is never guaranteed for any speller.  History has plenty examples of elite spellers unexpectedly falling in their regional competition, or even before.  Therefore, to maximize your chances it’s important to focus on each competition and make sure you know exactly what to expect for each level of competition.  To make it all the way to Nationals, most spellers must advance past their:

  • Classroom Bee
  • School Bee
  • District Bee

by either winning or placing high enough to move on to the next level (depending on where you live) and winning their

  • Regional Bee (“Final Local” Bee)

Emphasis on winning.  In order to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee according to Scripps’ rules, you must be the champion of your “Final Local” bee.  Only first place qualifies.