Participation in most national finals experiences in sports, academics and other pursuits comes as a result of parents and/or booster organizations paying entry fees and all associated trip expenses. In the array of these competitions, the Scripps National Spelling Bee proudly stands as one who goes the extra mile in fostering a broad and deep long-standing national network of more than 250 local spelling bee sponsors — sponsors who, among many things, provide free trips for local spelling champions and their parents to participate in the national finals experience.
I was one of the eight spellers at my school, PS99's, spelling bee. The first few rounds were easy, and nobody was knocked out. Then the competition started for the top 3 spots when someone was knocked out on "teacher". During the next few rounds the other 4 struck out, and I was returning over and over again. Then the race for school champion was on! I came in second with "mahogany", and someone else took the ranking of "school champion" with "avalanche". I was so happy, I was advancing to the 2018 Queens Borough-wide spelling bee.
The rule regarding determination of Finalists remains consistent with the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. No more than 50 spellers will advance to the Thursday Finals.
The schedule for the Preliminaries (the Round One Preliminaries Test as well as Rounds Two and Three of onstage spelling) will be announced once the number of RSVBee participants becomes clear.