Eligibility

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.
  • The
    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 spelleror the speller's parent, legal guardian, or school official acting on the speller's behalfmust
    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 schoollevel courses or two collegelevel courses on or before April 30, 2016.
  • The
    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.
  • Once
    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.
  • The
    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.

 

The
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 mayat any time between the conclusion of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee and April 30, 2017require
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.