Ball State PBS Spelling Bee set for March 11

MUNCIE – Ten top spellers from area schools are scheduled to compete in the sixth Ball State PBS Spelling Bee, set for 9 a.m. March 11, at Sursa Performance Hall, on the campus of Ball State University. The bee will be broadcast on Ball State PBS at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Those familiar with the bee know that the station usually has nearly 50 champion spellers competing on stage.

Noemi Galan was the 2022 Ball State PBS Spelling Bee Champion and her winning word was, “coercive.”

Champion spellers from more than 40 schools from Delaware, Blackford, Jay, Randolph, Madison and Henry counties are expected to compete in the first online round.

The winner of this final local bee will advance to compete in the national finals in May 2023.

Ball State University Teachers College has generously contributed the funds to cover the Scripps fees for all of the schools to participate.

Presenting Sponsor of the 2023 Ball State PBS Spelling Bee is Family Vision Care.

Other supporting sponsors include Boyce Systems, Avila Orthodontics, and Dr. Leland C. Wilhoite, DDS.

Speller Shirt Sponsor is the Navient Community Fund and swag bags are provided by the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. The Opening Word Sponsor is Scott E. Trout, DDS, and the Champion Word Sponsor is the Muncie Optimist Club. The Community Sponsor is Sam Pierce Chevrolet.

For the official rules, click here.

For more information about the Ball State PBS Spelling Bee, contact

Dottie Kreps