County’s top speller to be named Monday


Pictured here, is 2014 Chester County Spelling Bee Champion Jacob George from St. Norbert School who out-spelled the other students to earn the title. The 2015 Chester County Spelling Bee will take place on Monday, February 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will be live streamed on CCiTV.

DOWNINGTOWN – Who is Chester County’s top speller? That question will be answered on Monday, February 9 at the 2015 Chester County Spelling Bee, during which 47 students from 47 schools will compete. The event, which begins at 9:00 a.m., will be streamed live on CCiTV and is a qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It will be held at the Chester County Intermediate Unit’s Educational Service Center (Entrance B) located at 455 Boot Road in Downingtown.

The Chester County Spelling Bee, which is coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), is open to all students enrolled in a Chester County public, private, parochial or home school in any grade up to and including grade eight, and who has not reached their 15th birthday on or before August 31, 2014.

According to Ashley Boyd, CCIU special events coordinator, each participating school is able to send one student to the Chester County bee who meets the age and grade requirements.

“Each of the participants is the winner from his or her school’s local spelling bee and each school is permitted to determine its own qualifying structure for its entrant provided it follows the eligibility requirements,” added Boyd.

The last student standing on stage on February 9 will have earned a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and Bee Week. The champion will also receive: the Samuel Louis Sugarman award certificate for a 2015 United States Mint Proof Set; Webster’s Third New International Dictionary; and a one year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online.

Last year, St. Norbert School student Jacob George emerged as the champion for the second year in a row. Patrick Bobko of St. Elizabeth Elementary School placed second and Akhila Yalvigi of Avon Grove Charter School placed third.

The 2015 Chester County Spelling Bee will be streamed live over the Internet via CCiTV at

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date is set for Tuesday, February 17, at the same time and location.

For more information on the Chester County Spelling Bee, please visit or contact Ashley Boyd at 484-237-5053.

For directions to the Educational Service Center, please visit

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