The first time Gloucester-Mathews Regional Spelling Bee, to be held next spring, will be a direct path to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, beginning in 2014.
Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula, Inc. has signed a contract to become part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee with a local speller definitely bound to participate in the national bee in Washington, D.C. in 2014, according to ALMP program manager Rhoda-Jo Stress.
The winner of the Gloucester-Mathews Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held on March 15, 2014 at the West Mathews Community League in Bohannon will, along with a parent, receive an expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The "Prelude to Scripps National Spelling Bee" will begin with the traditional Mathews Market Days Spelling Bee during Mathews Market Days on Saturday, Sept. 7. Registration forms are available at all the local libraries, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Mathews Family YMCA, as well as on the web at www.almpva.org or by calling 804-210-9169. Any student in grades 3-8 attending public or private school, or being home schooled in Gloucester and Mathews counties, is eligible to register, Stress said. There is no registration fee.
The "Prelude to Scripps National Spelling Bee" will acquaint students with the spelling bee process, Stress said. Once the 2013-2014 school year begins individual schools will be encouraged to register and begin the process of finding class, grade and school winners, all of whom will be eligible to register for the Gloucester-Mathews Regional Spelling Bee.