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62nd Annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday

 (DALLAS – March 3, 2020) - The 62nd Annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee presented by the Dallas Sports Commission will be held Saturday, March 7th at the Victory Park studios of WFAA-TV. The program tapes at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and will be broadcast on WFAA-TV, Channel 8 on Sunday, March 22nd from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Chris Lawrence, WFAA-TV News Anchor, will emcee the program.

The Dallas Sports Commission will be advancing the top two spellers from the Regional Bee to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year. Both champions and a guardian 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 24-29, 2020. Additional information on the National Bee is available from Scripps at www.spellingbee.com.

Last year, the Dallas Region sent three spellers to the Scripps National Bee after a tie at the Regional Bee.  Our three spellers, Abhijay Kodali of Flower Mound, Rohan Raja of Irving, and Sohum Sukhantankar of Dallas were named as national co-champions as Scripps ended the National Bee in a tie and named eight national co-champions.

"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-six contestants from 20 counties will compete.  These contestants represent the best of approximately 100,000 students from over 750 schools who competed in school bees throughout North and East Texas. Five contestants from the 2019 Dallas Regional Bee have advanced to participate in the 2020 Regional Bee.

To qualify for the Regional Spelling Bee, contestants must be in the eighth grade or below 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 Dallas Region is recognized as one of the best in the country, evident by our spellers being three of the eight co-champions at the 2019 National Bee.  The 26 students have worked very hard to reach the Regional Bee and we look forward to our spellers advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland."

Timeline of The Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee presented by the Dallas Sports Commission for Saturday, March 7 is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m. Bee contestants and their parents arrive for registration
  • 10:00 a.m. Orientation and Briefing
  • 10:15 a.m. Contestants do a practice round
  • 10:30 a.m. Bee broadcast taping begins
  • 11:45 a.m. (approx.) Broadcast taping concludes, winner is available for interviews

(Due to space limitations, the Bee taping on Saturday is not open to the public.  Media are encouraged to attend.)

Sunday, March 22 – 1:00 p.m. Bee airs on WFAA

This year's bee sponsors include Golden Chick, CareNow, Southwest Airlines, KidZania and WFAA.

About the Dallas Sports Commission
The Dallas Sports Commission pursues amateur, grassroots, collegiate and professional championship events and competitions, positioning Dallas as the premier sports destination.  A division of VisitDallas, the Dallas Sports Commission focuses on generating economic impact as well as improving the quality of life within the community through sports.