The competition season for the 2020/2021 Spelling Bee campaign started at the end of February.
The school round was organized from February 20th till March 2nd. Most of the school managed to organize it “in person”, implementing strict anti-COVID measures. At some areas of the country the schools were at distance learning mode and organized online competitions. The school winners and runners-up qualified for the regional round. All participants received certificates and small gifts. The regional qualifiers received a new wordlist with 200 new words to study for the regional round.
8 regional online competitions took part on March 26th, 27th and 28th. The participants were very well prepared and demonstrated enviable English language skills and confidence. All competitions went smoothly, with a lot of enthusiasm and positive atmosphere. All regional competitors got certificates, branded t-shirts and other small gifts. All teacher-coordinators received certificates and especially developed and branded educational materials to use in class room. The national qualifiers received a list with 100 additional new words to prepare for the national final.
The national final was organized online on April 24th in ZOOM. The 23 best spellers in the country were enthusiastic the start the competition and show what they have learned during the long months of preparation. The participants were greeted by The US Ambassador, the president of America for Bulgaria Foundation and the executive director of the Bulgarian American Society greeted the participants and wished them good luck. After almost 5 hours of emotional “spelling battle” the 5th grader Daniel from Gotse Delchev won the title National Spelling Champion. The jury and the official guests were impressed not only by the excellent English language skills of the competitors but also by their ability to stay concentrated and focused.
All participants received certificates, medals and many gifts. Special thanks were extended to their teachers who also received certificates and gifts. The winner and the runner-up received special trophies for their hard work and excellent performance.
Registration for the 11th Spelling Bee competition
By Dimitar Tsekov | Executive Director
The CORPluS Foundation started the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee 2021 campaign in October 2020.
164 schools registered for the big competition for students up to 7th grade and 67 for Spelling Bee Junior for students up to 4th grade. More than 3000 students from all over the country started their preparation for the school rounds of this year competition.
For the first time individual participants were given the opportunity to register and to compete in the first round of the competition.
After the completion of the registration process the word lists were distributed and the preparation period started. Our staff developed a lot of materials to assist the teachers and to provide the participants with additional resources. Quizlet, Spelling city, wordwall are some of the educational apps used during the preparation.
This year competition slogan is BEEcause we need them and the idea is to focus students’ attention on bees’ importance to humans.
The school competitions are planned for the last week of February and the regional competitions for March 27th. Currently Bulgarian schools are operating in a distant learning mode and in case this continue in February and March the competitions will be organized online.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic CORPLUS Foundation cancelled the regional and the national rounds of the Spelling Bee 2020 competition, as well as the summer camp.
In order to give a chance to all the school winners and runners-up to show what they have learned we decided to organize Spelling Bee 700+ Challenge 2020 - an unofficial online competition for those who are still motivated and willing to compete. At the end of June 140 students from all over the country registered and participated in the challenge. They had to go through 10 rounds with words from the list and those who successfully passed them continued with 5 rounds with unknown words. 13 students managed to go through all 15 rounds without mistake and received a Spelling Bee PRO award. 15 students passed successfully the first 10 rounds and were announced as Spelling Rising Star.
Due to the cancellation of the Spelling Bee summer camp an on-line camp American Funshop was offered to all the Spelling Bee participants, as well as to all interested students. These were 3 exciting and enjoyable weeks, when they enjoyed assignments and challenges related to American traditions, history, biodiversity, music, sports, arts and crafts, cuisine, etc. Former Peace Corps Volunteers from Bulgaria and Fulbright ETAs recorded videos with concrete assignments and the students had 2 days to complete the assignments and to send us a video, pictures or presentations. The most active participants received special awards. All the assignments and submisions could be seen on the Spelling Bee you tube chanel: bg national english spelling bee
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