By Diane Ako
A record number of 85 schools participated in the 2013 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee. Enrollment for the 2014 competition just opened, and nearly 40 schools have already begun the enrollment process. The competition is open to public, private, parochial and charter schools and schools can enroll by visiting www.spellingbee.com.
The cost to register is $120 per school. Registered schools receive a virtual Bee-in-a-Box—everything the school needs to conduct their school-level Bee.The deadline for schools to enroll is October 15, 2013.
School level Bees need to be held before November 30. The winner and runner-up from each school will be invited to participate in their respective District Bees. Seven (7) District Bees (Leeward Oahu, Central Oahu, Windward Oahu, Honolulu, Big Island, Maui County, Kauai) will be held in January 2014. The winner and runner up from each of the District Bees will then participate in the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee, to be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
The 2014 Hawaii state champion and his/her chaperone will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in May to compete in the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 2014 competition is open to all students from grades 4 through 8.
The 2013 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion was Akira Takabayashi, an 8th grader from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai.