Hofstra University will welcome 132 4th-8th graders from Nassau and Suffolk counties for the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 13, 2016. These students, who have placed first at competitions within their schools, will assemble at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, where registration is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday’s winner then goes on to represent Long Island 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. Jeffrey Morosoff, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, will read the words and answer questions about their definitions and languages of origin. Assistant Professors of Writing Studies and Composition Yvonne Stephens and Lisa M. Dresner will serve as record keeper and ringer, respectively.
The event is open to the media, but not the general public.
This is the fifth year that Hofstra has hosted the regional bee, which is part of the university’s Regional Scholars initiative, bringing talented middle- and high-school students to campus for a variety of academic programs and competitions.