Top 50 CPS spellers advance 

Students qualify for honor by taking first-ever online qualifying bee.

March 16, 2009

The top 50 CPS elementary- and middle-school spellers were announced at a special ceremony on Feb. 26 at Saucedo Scholastic Academy, 2850 W. 24th Blvd. These 50 students qualified for the regional spelling tournament by taking the district’s first-ever “online bee.”


To make it to the regional bee, the champion speller from each participating Chicago public school took a new online spelling test, which gives each Chicago school champion the opportunity to spell 50 words, via computer, versus spelling a handful of words in an oral district competition.


Of the students who took that test, the top 50 advance to the 2009 Chicago Spelling Bee Collaborative’s final regional bee, an oral competition conducted in rounds on March 20, at St. James Lutheran School, 2010 N. Fremont St., Chicago.


Five CPS school champions tied for first place. Each of these students earned a score of 49 on the test. The students were from the following schools:


  • John Hay Community Academy, 1018 N. Laramie Ave.
  • Kipling Elementary School, 9351 S. Lowe Ave.
  • Lavizzo Elementary School, 138 W. 109th St.
  • Sauganash Elementary School, 6040 N. Kilpatrick Ave.
  • Woodlawn Community School, 6657 S. Kimbark Ave.


A total of 326 Chicago public schools enrolled to participate in this year’s bee. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is set for May 26 and 27, in Washington D.C.


Learn more about the Scripps National Spelling Bee.