Fifty middle- and junior-high school students from throughout the seven-county Metro area will compete at Augsburg College in the 2014 regional spelling bee on March 15 at Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg College. The winner of the regional spelling bee will be sent by Augsburg College with a parent or guardian to the Scripps National Spelling Bee scheduled from May 25-31 in Washington, D.C.
- 11 a.m. – Registration
- 12:30 p.m. – Competition begins
- Event ends when all but one speller is eliminated, typically within 4-6 hours from the start of competition.
- Head Judge: Dennis Bluhm has served as the Head Judge for the State Spelling Bee for the past 11 years. He has served during the past 44 years as an elementary school principal and teacher. Currently, he teaches 6th grade in St. Paul.
- Pronouncer: David Talarico has been an official spelling bee pronouncer since 2006. He lives in Minneapolis, and works for Shapco Printing.
Augsburg College first hosted the regional spelling bee during 2013. Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.