A speller qualifying for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee must meet these requirements:
- The speller must not have won a Scripps National Spelling Bee championship near Washington, D.C.
- The speller must attend a school that is officially enrolled with the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
- The speller must not have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before February 1, 2016.
speller must not have repeated any
grade for the purpose of extending spelling bee eligibility. If the
speller has repeated any grade, the
speller must notify the Scripps National Spelling Bee of the
circumstances of grade repetition by March 31, 2016; and the Scripps
National Spelling Bee will, in its sole discretion, determine the
speller's eligibility status on or before April 30, 2016.
- The speller–or the speller's parent, legal guardian, or school official acting on the speller's behalf–must
not have declared to another entity an academic classification higher
than eighth grade for any purpose, including high school graduation
equivalency or proficiency examinations and/or examinations such as the
PSAT, SAT, or ACT.
- The speller must not have earned the legal equivalent of a high school diploma.
- The speller must not have completed or have been enrolled in more than six high school–level courses or two college–level courses on or before April 30, 2016.
speller must not eschew normal school activity to study for spelling
bees. The Scripps National Spelling Bee defines normal school activity
as adherence to at least four courses of study other than language arts,
spelling, Latin, Greek, vocabulary, and etymology for at least four
hours per weekday for 34 of the 38 weeks between August 25, 2015, and
May 16, 2016.
- The speller must not have reached his/her 15th birthday on or before August 31, 2015.
- The speller must have been declared a champion of a final local spelling bee taking place on or after February 1, 2016, or be a spelling champion of a school whose application for participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee's school self-sponsorship program has received final approval by the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
having been disqualified at any level of a sponsor's spelling bee
program between June 2015 and April 2016, the speller remains
disqualified for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee program through
another sponsor and/or enrollment in another school.
speller, upon qualifying for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in
the Washington, D.C. area, must submit a completed Champion Bio Profile,
a Certification of Eligibility Form, a signed Appearance Consent and
Release Form and a photo to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The
speller will notify the Bee, at least 24 hours prior to the first day of
competition in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, if any of the
statements made on the Certification of Eligibility Form are no longer
true or require updating. The speller's sponsor will provide access to
the necessary forms.
- The speller must not have any first-,
second- or third-degree relatives (i.e. sibling, parent, grandparent,
aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, half-sibling, first cousin or great
grandparents) who are current employees of The E.W. Scripps Company.
Scripps National Spelling Bee may disqualify prior to or during
competition any speller who is not in compliance with any of the above
Eligibility Requirements; and it may—at any time between the conclusion of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee and April 30, 2017—require
any speller who is found to have not been in compliance with any of the
Eligibility Requirements to forfeit any prizes, rank, and other
benefits accorded to the speller as a result of participation in the
2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.