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Adult Spelling Bee FB CoverExcelsior’s 1st Adult Spelling Bee(r)

  • MUST BE 21 to enter

  • Friday, August 16th @ 7pm

  • Check- in between 6pm & 630pm (no check-in after 630)

  • $5 Sign Up Fee

  • All participants registered will receive a free pint

1st Place: Newest Edition of Webster’s Dictionary, 5 free pint cards, EBC Hoodie

2nd Place: 1 growler, T-shirt

3rd Place: 1 growler


Format: The spelling bee is conducted in rounds. Each speller remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round spells one word or answers one vocabulary question in each round.


Round 1

Paper Exam with 12 Spelling (Multi-Choice) and 12 Vocab (Multi-choice)


Round 2

Oral Spelling


- Intermission as points are tallied and ## or ## contestants continue -

Round 3

Oral Spelling



End-of-bee procedure: If all spellers in a round misspell or answer vocabulary questions incorrectly: If none of the spellers remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round spells a word correctly or answers a vocabulary question correctly during that round, all remain in the competition and a new spelling round begins. Ties: All spellers eliminated in the same round are tied for the same place. After the champion has been determined, spelling bee officials may opt to conduct tiebreakers (of their own design) if tiebreakers are necessary for the awarding of prizes or the determination of qualifying spellers for the next level of competition. If only one speller in a round spells correctly or answers a vocabulary question correctly: If only one speller spells correctly in a round, a new one-word spelling round begins and the speller is given an opportunity to spell a word on the list (anticipated championship word). If the speller succeeds in correctly spelling the anticipated championship word in this one-word round, the speller is declared the champion. 


Example: In Round 12 there are four spellers. Spellers 6 and 21 misspell. Speller 30 spells correctly. Speller 42 misspells. So, Speller 30 is the only speller in the round to spell correctly. Speller 30 begins Round 13 — a one-word round — and is offered the anticipated championship word. Speller 30 correctly spells the anticipated championship word and is declared champion. Example: Two spellers spell in Round 10. 


Pronouncer’s role: The pronouncer strives to pronounce words according to the diacritical markings in Scripps National Spelling Bee word lists. 


In Oral Spelling Rounds: Homonyms: If a word has one or more homonyms, the pronouncer indicates which word is to be spelled by defining the word. Speller’s requests: The pronouncer responds to the speller’s requests for a definition, sentence, part of speech.

Speller’s role: In a spelling round, the speller makes an effort to face the judges and pronounce the word for the judges before spelling it and after spelling it. The speller while facing the judges makes an effort to utter each letter distinctly and with sufficient volume to be understood by the judges. The speller may ask the pronouncer to say the word again, define it, use it in a sentence, provide the part of speech