Bakersfield City School District Spelling Bee

The Bakersfield City School District hosted its 2020 Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 16 for Regions I and II. Winners at the BCSD Spelling Bee are invited to compete at the Kern County Spelling Bee on Monday, March 2, 2020. The county event is organized by the Kern Retired Teachers' Association, with sponsorship by KERO Channel 23, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Kern County Spelling Bee Rules
 
The Bakersfield City School District Spelling Bee is an oral competition and uses the
BCSD Spelling Bee Rules as adapted from the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.
The words used in the BCSD Spelling Bee are selected from the current edition of
Spell It!.

After the pronouncer gives the speller a word, the speller will be encouraged to
pronounce the word before spelling it and after spelling it. The judges may not
disqualify a speller for failing to pronounce the word either before or after spelling it.
The speller may ask the pronouncer to say the word again, define it, and/or use it in a
sentence. The pronouncer shall grant all such requests until the judges agree that the
word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant. The judges may disqualify any
speller who ignores a request to start spelling.

Having started to spell a word, a speller may stop and start over, retracing the spelling
from the beginning, but in retracing there can be no change of letters or their sequence
from those first pronounced. If letters or their sequence are changed in the respelling,
the speller will be eliminated.

The contest shall be conducted in rounds. Each speller remaining in the Spelling Bee
at the start of a round shall spell one word in the round, except as noted below*. Upon
missing the spelling of a word, a speller immediately drops out of the contest, except as
noted below*. The next word on the pronouncer’s list is given to the next speller.
*If none of the spellers remaining in the Bee at the start of a round
spells a word correctly during the round, all shall remain in the
competition. All spellers eliminated in the same round will be tied for
the same place (rank). If only one of the spellers remaining in the Bee
at the start of a round spells a word correctly during that round, the
speller shall be given an opportunity to spell the next word on the list. If
the speller succeeds in correctly spelling the new word, the speller shall
be declared the champion. Otherwise, all the spellers remaining in the
competition at the start of the round shall remain in the competition. A
new round will begin, with all of the spellers in their original order.
Under no circumstances will any contestant be asked to correct the
misspelling of another speller.

Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the designated
official immediately in writing on the official protest form.

The judges are in complete control of the competition. Their decision shall be final on
all questions.