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.

2024 Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee

The 2024 Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee will be on March 20 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum at 5:30 p.m. Dozens of area students from surrounding districts who qualify will compete for a chance to represent the area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

2024 Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Participants


  • Akram Alshamali, Pinewood Middle School, Kentwood, 6th Grade
  • Thrinethra Aravindan, Grandville Middle School, Grandville, 8th Grade
  • Emerson Elaine Ashcraft, Newaygo Middle School, Newaygo, 6th Grade
  • Anne Barbutti, Cityside Middle School, Zeeland, 7th Grade
  • Brady Bowers, North Rockford Middle School, Rockford, 8th Grade
  • Patrick Burch, Black River Public School, Holland, 7th Grade
  • Elliott Covelle, Northern Hills Middle School, Forest Hills, 7th Grade
  • Joshua Diocares, Ridge Park Charter Academy, Kentwood, 8th Grade
  • John C. Foster, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Grand Rapids, 7th Grade
  • Tyler Levesque, Kenowa Hills Middle School, Grand Rapids, 7th Grade
  • Samantha Lingg-Santos, Barry County Christian School, Hastings, 8th Grade
  • Lakhshar Mitra, East Rockford Middle School, Rockford, 7th Grade
  • Balamitra Narendran, Discovery Elementary, Kentwood, 4th Grade
  • Audra Nielsen, Wayland Union Middle School, Wayland, 6th Grade
  • Sakthi Sanjana Santhosh, Walker Charter Academy, Walker, 7th Grade
  • Amara Sheffer, Pine Street Elementary, Wayland, 5th Grade
  • Archie Trethowan, Wealthy Elementary, Grand Rapids, 4th Grade
  • Louise Weeks, Shawmut Hills School, Grand Rapids, 4th Grade

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.