Without sponsor students can’t compete in National Spelling Bee

Without sponsor students can't compete in National Spelling Bee (Image 1)

Metro Nashville Public Schools is hoping a company will step forward to sponsor the 2013 Regional Spelling Bee.

The regional winner goes on to represent Middle Tennessee at the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“Without a sponsor for our region, for the 33 Middle Tennessee Counties, students won't be able to move on,” explained Cathy McCurdy, an English teacher and spelling bee sponsor at Martin Luther King Magnet School.

Last year's regional competition was sponsored by the law firm Baker Donelson, but so far no one has stepped forward to help out.

“That is really sad because we want our students to have unlimited opportunities,” said McCurdy.  

She said she has been helping three eighth graders prepare for the intense competition.

Students are given a list of 5,000 words to learn.  

“You are responsible for all of those but after that, all bets are off because they can pull out of the New Webster's International Dictionary,” McCurdy told Nashville's News 2.

Grace Park won the last year's regional competition after a lot of hard.

“I started preparing for the spelling bee when I was in the fourth grade. So it was like over a period of three years.”

The event cost around $5,000 each year with the majority of money covering travel expenses for the winner and their family to compete at the nationals in Washington D.C.

“If we don't find a regional sponsor it is in jeopardy,” said McCurdy.

Any one who would like to help out should contact Jill Flaherty, Coordinator of English Language Arts and World Languages at MNPS.

The deadline to enroll for in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program is October 15.

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