Spelling Bee

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee is a Regional bee affiliated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winner wins a trip to compete in the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Spelling bees help students improve their spelling, expand their vocabularies, learn language concepts, and develop correct English usage, plus composure under the spotlight, which will help them all of their lives.

TV Schedule for the 94th Scripps National Spelling Bee

Watch the 231 spellers compete in all four segments of competition on ION television and ION Plus. You can find ION television on channel 43 in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, channel 250 on DISH Network and channel 305 HD on DIRECTV. Brady Bowers - from SpellingBee.com

Tuesday, May 30 
9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. on ION Plus

Wednesday, May 31
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on ION Plus

Wednesday, May 31
8 - 10 p.m. on ION

Thursday, June 1
8 - 10 p.m. on ION

2023 Grand Rapids Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Brady Bowers of North Rockford Middle School for winning the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee on March 28. He will compete in Washington, D.C. the week of Memorial Day.

FOX 17 Coverage of the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee

Brady Bowers interviews with Shelley Irwin of WGVU Radio

See more photos from the 2023 Spelling Bee here.

Qualifying Bees

Thank You to all of the Schools and School Spelling Bee Coordinators, who hosted a 2023 Qualifying Bee:

Allegan County: Otsego Middle School – Christy McEvoy with Laura Moes, Moline Christian School

Barry County: Delton-Kellogg Middle School – Debbie Richardson

Kent County:

  • Ada Christian School – Nate Kiser
  • Assumption BVM School – Katie Leeder
  • Northview Crossroads Middle School – Melissa Moens
  • Grandville Middle School – Sarah Gelbuda
  • North Rockford Middle School – Shannon Dunham
  • Forest Hills Northern Hills Middle School – Carie Kuhn
  • Ridge Park Charter Academy – Johan Linna
  • Forest Hills Central Middle School – Michele Wallace
  • St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic School – Jeanne Walch
  • Thornapple Kellogg Middle School – Molly Formsma

Newaygo County: Newaygo RESA – Brenda Burt

Ottawa County:

  • Black River Public School – Jim Levering
  • Holland Middle School – Ashley Zuidema
  • Zeeland Christian School – Kristi VanDyk

What will your donation do for the Spelling Bee?

Donations support study aids, regional awards, printing, postage, Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee refreshments and incentives, and help send our winner to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Sponsorship Levels

Business or Individual Sponsorship Levels

See details of what each sponsorship includes.

  • $3,500 Presenting Sponsor  
  • $1,500-$3,499 Honey Hive 
  • $750-1,499 Honey Pot
  • $500-$749 Bee Keeper
  • $250-$499 Honey Bee 
  • Other

Foundation Sponsorship Levels

Multiple sponsorship levels allow foundations to select the one that fits them best.

  • $1,000 helps pay to get our Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Champion to the Scripps National Spelling Bee
  • $500 helps pay for Study Guides for students
  • $250 helps pay for snacks for student participants during regional spelling bees
  • Other

Considering a donation?

Please contact Maddy Burns or call 616-365-2279. To connect with Kent ISD, call 616-364-1333.