3rd Annual Delaware County Scripps Spelling Bee

 DCIU 2019 Spelling Bee

DCIU’s 3rd annual Delaware County Scripps Spelling Bee was held on Saturday, February 23 at the Morton Campus. While nearly 60 students were registered to attend, the Bee started with around 50 spellers, representing 30 schools in the county. The Bee lasted 29 rounds with the final 16 rounds being an exciting match between the first and second place winners.


In the end, Phoebe Smith, 8th grader at Northley Middle School in the Penn Delco School District, was victorious. Her worthy opponent was Anirudh Bhat from the Garnet Valley Middle School, who took second place. Phoebe correctly spelled "forbearance" after Ani misspelled it, advancing her to the final round where she correctly spelled "chaplain." What’s even more exciting is that this was Phoebe’s 3rd year in a row winning the Spelling Bee! She will make her 3rd and final trip to the National Scripps Spelling Bee near Washington, DC in May.


We congratulate Phoebe and all of the spellers who did an excellent job representing their schools. We also want to thank the DCIU staff who gave up their Saturday morning to help with the Spelling Bee in numerous capacities, from pronouncer (a very difficult job), to judge, to emcee to record keeper to overall coordinator. The event, which had a standing room only audience at one point (over 200 spectators), was well organized and was once again a success.