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The Connecticut Spelling Bee
March 10 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pmNo cost
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is pleased to announce that in 2018 it will co-present another state-wide spelling bee with the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper, the Hartford Courant. Hosted by the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford on Saturday, March 10, 2018, The Connecticut Spelling Bee will include students from all over the state.
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society and the Hartford Courant collaborated for the first time in 2017 to offer The Connecticut Spelling Bee. This state-wide spelling competition is the last step on the path to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year, students from 35 different schools competed. Participating students in grades 4 through 8 will have already won their school- or town-wide spelling bees. The overall winner of the state competition will represent Connecticut on the national stage in Washington, D.C.
Hosting The Connecticut Spelling Bee is a natural fit for the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society and the Hartford Courant. Both believe in the principles of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: to celebrate words and inspire new generations of readers. Through their study of words, spelling bee students become familiar with both etymology and current language trends. “The command the spellers have of the English language is so impressive,” Executive Director Jennifer Matos said. “It’s amazing to see 12 and 13 year-olds correctly spell words that most adults have never even heard of.”
Webster’s Dictionary serves as the final authority for the Scripps National Spelling Bee and its affiliates. Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language is the original source for today’s Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Even in his own lifetime, Noah Webster recognized the changing nature of language. Carrying on Webster’s mission to always reflect the language of the American people, today Merriam-Webster continues to add new words to the dictionary annually.
As the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper, it is not surprising that the Hartford Courant was around when Noah Webster was a young man. One of Noah Webster’s first experiences with the written word was submitting letters to the editor of the Hartford Courant (then called the Connecticut Courant). Now, about 250 years later, the same newspaper is sponsoring The Connecticut Spelling for the second year in a row. “The Courant is pleased to join with the Noah Webster House in honoring the next generation of top-flight spellers,” said Andrew S. Julien, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at the Hartford Courant Media Group. “Game on!” In addition to sponsoring the event, Julien showed his dedication to language last year by serving as one of the The Connecticut Spelling Bee judges.
The Connecticut Spelling Bee will be held in Noah Webster’s home town of West Hartford. “We are excited to hold the state spelling bee in Noah’s hometown again this year,” commented the museum’s Public Programs Manager and “Queen Bee” Sophie Huget. “West Hartford is an excellent central location for spellers from across the state. We are grateful to the University of Saint Joseph for graciously opening their campus for this event!”