We will issue no more than 225 invitations. If we receive 225 or fewer applications, all applicants will receive invitations. If there are 226 or more applications, we will base invitation decisions on a point system.

For school spelling bee champions, the following point values will apply:

  • Four points for an 8th grade student
  • Three points for a 7th grade student
  • Two points for a 6th grade student
  • One point for a 5th grade student
  • Zero points for 4th grade or younger students

Former national finalists can gain additional points for one of the following:

  • Six points for a former Bee Week Semifinalist or Finalist
  • Five points for a former Bee Week Preliminaries participant

Applicants with the most points – but no more than 225 applicants – will receive invitations. In the event of more than 225 applicants and a tie score for some, we will send invitations to those who applied earliest in the process. Applying early gives an advantage over those who wait.

Here is a hypothetical example:

Total Points Total Number of Applicants Achieving This Score Cumulative Number of Invitations

10

100

100

9

75

175

8

35

210

7

50

225 (The first 15 applications submitted with this point total will receive invitations.)