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60th Annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee on March 24

The 60th Annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee presented by the Dallas Sports Commission will be held Saturday, March 24th at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas. The program tapes at 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on WFAA-TV, Channel 8 the next day on Sunday, March 25th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. David Schechter, WFAA-TV Senior Reporter, will emcee the program.

For the first time in the program's history, the Dallas Sports Commission will be advancing the top two spellers from the Regional Bee to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Both champions and their parents will receive all-expense paid trips to Washington D.C. where they will represent North and East Texas in the national competition, taking place May 27 – June 2, 2018. Additional information on the National Bee is available from Scripps at www.spellingbee.com.

"We are excited to support this event and be the title sponsor. We feel the Spelling Bee is a family centric event that is very much a part of Golden Chick's values and how we connect with the community," said Mark Parmerlee, President and CEO of Golden Chick.

Twenty-one contestants from 20 counties will compete. (Two contestants represent Dallas County – one each from the Dallas County private and public school competitions.) These contestants represent the best of approximately 100,000 students from over 700 schools who competed in school bees throughout North and East Texas. Six contestants from the 2017 Dallas Regional Bee have advanced to participate in the 2018 Regional Bee.

To qualify for the Regional Spelling Bee, contestants must be in grades four through eight and win their individual school bee and local county bee. More information on The Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee can be found at www.dallasspellingbee.com.

"We are proud to again be a part of such a great community tradition in the Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee," said Monica Paul, Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director. "The students have worked very hard to reach the Regional Bee and this year, for the first time, Dallas will send two students to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C."

Timeline of The Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee presented by the Dallas Sports Commission for Saturday, March 24 is as follows:

  • 10:45 a.m. Bee contestants and their parents arrive for registration in the Bush Institute lobby
  • 11:15 a.m. Orientation and Briefing in Hall of State Room
  • 11:50 a.m. Contestants and parents enter Bush Auditorium
  • 12:00 p.m. Contestants do a practice round
  • 1:00 p.m. Bee broadcast taping begins
  • 2:00 p.m. Broadcast concludes, winner is available for interviews

Sunday, March 25 – 4:00 p.m. Bee airs on WFAA

This year's bee sponsors include Golden Chick, CareNow, IN-N-OUT BURGER, Southwest Airlines, Credit Union of Texas, Crown Trophy Plano, LegoLand Discovery Center of DFW, SeaLife Grapevine, and WFAA.