Hofstra University will welcome more than 115 of Nassau and Suffolk counties’ best spellers to campus for the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. Student who attend the Regional Bee have taken first place within their schools.
The winner of the Bee will go on to represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., later this spring.
Hofstra Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Composition and Associate Director of the Digital Research Center Ethna Lay will serve as head judge. Reading the words, their definitions and languages of origin to the students will be Jeffrey Morosoff, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations.
The event is open to the media, but not the general public.
This is the fourth year that Hofstra has hosted the regional bee, which is part of the university’s Regional Scholars initiative, which brings talented middle- and high-school students to campus for a variety of academic programs and competitions.
Featured image: 2014 winner Jhanvi Ravishankar with head judge Professor Lisa Dresner and pronouncer Professor Jeffrey Morosoff.