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GAE State Spelling Bee


Dear Spelling Bee Coordinators:

The State Spelling Bee Committee of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) is busy (as a Bee!) once again planning a fantastic spelling bee program for the 2017-18 school year.  As always, GAE is proud to provide the means and opportunity for Georgia students to exhibit their proficiency in the art of spelling.  If a participant is successful at the county/system level, then he/she will have the opportunity to advance to the region, state, and possibly the national levels.  Both the winners and runners-up from the nine GAE Bee Region competitions and the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) finals [representing most private schools] will advance to the state championships.

To help you make your school and county/system and spell-off bees as successful as possible, the Committee STRONGLY recommends you take the time to thoroughly read the Procedures, Rules and Regulations (PRR) manual.  The PRR covers the rules for all Georgia Bees from Region and State levels and is highly recommended at the school and county/system levels.  You can download the PRR and other information on Georgia’s Bee rules and procedures at  DO NOT refer to Scripps’ rules as they only apply to the national championship.  You should only refer to the Scripps' website ( for eligibility registration and resources such as word lists, vocabulary rounds, etc.  

It also is very important that you read the PRR because of any rule changes and/or tweaks that may have been instituted by the GAE Spelling Bee Committee.

Highlighted again this year is the inclusion of a vocabulary round.  It is highly recommended that you incorporate a vocabulary round into your Bee early in the competition.  You will find vocabulary and spelling resources on the Scripps website once you register.  Since Scripps’ addition of a vocabulary component at the national level in 2014, the Committee feels stronger than ever that it would place Georgia students at a disadvantage if a vocabulary round was not introduced. This would begin to emphasize and reinforce the fact that our students need to begin studying and learning the actual mechanics of spelling, rather than just rote memorization. 


Registration is between August 22 - December 15, 2017  ($151/$105).

To register with Scripps, go to

When registering with Scripps, please ensure you choose your correct school category. If you are a private or parochial school, check first to see if you are a member of GISA (Georgia Independent School Association) and if so, please contact the GISA office with regard to your spelling bee information after registering with Scripps.  You can also check by downloading the GISA membership list.

Finally, to ensure a memorable and successful Bee, please review GAE’s official procedures, rules and regulations for Georgia on pages 7-10 and utilize the products and resources cited on pages 32-34 of the PRR manual.

Information for the 2018 GAE State Spelling Bee has been sent out to principals, superintendents and last year's registered schools contacts.

Keep a look out for this important information and...


Dr. Sid Chapman, President
Georgia Association of Educators

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - 2018 Georgia State Bee Championship

Congratulations to
Abhiram Kapaganty, Age 11
Burnette Elementary in Gwinnett County

Georgia's 2017 State Spelling Bee Champion

At Scripps National Bee Abhiram spelled his 3rd round word "arguendo" correctly, but did not amass enough points to move into the final round.
He finished tied for 41st place.
Nevertheless, we are so proud of him
and at only 11, we expect to see him back at state next year!

Click below to see Abhiram's progression at Scripps Nationals

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Related Links:
GAE Bee Information

Please note that the location of the Region 4 Bee is changed to:

4/5 Academy @ Fifth Avenue
 Multipurpose Room
101 5th Avenue
Decatur, GA  30030
(404) 371-6680

Note Location for Region Two Spelling Bee

In the Black Box Theatre of the:
Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center
2051 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, Ga 30068

Next Deadline:  System Spelling Bees/Home School Multi-Association Spell-Off by February 9.  Please plan alternate dates for inclement weather.

Updated: 2017-18 GAE Procedures, Rules and Regulations for Georgia Bee (PRR)

Quick Links:
2017-18 Deadlines and Dates
Scripps Website (Registration)
Region Consultants
Frequently Asked Questions
Bee Products and Resources
Region Qualifier Forms
Region Bee Sites
GISA Member Schools
Local Bee Planning Guide
Merriam-Webster Online
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