Iowa State to host Scripps Spelling Bee finals

Breanne Hunter

The Iowa final for the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be hosted by Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication on Feb. 4.

Iowa schools who are participating will host their own spelling bees, and the winners will advance to the state final at Iowa State.

The spelling bee is being organized by ISU students in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

“It will be a great way for us to demonstrate how important spelling is to students,” said Jill Spiekerman, lecturer of journalism and communication.

The winner of the Iowa spelling bee will receive a trip, with one parent, to Washington, D.C. to participate in the nationally televised finals.

“We have high hopes that the winner of our spelling bee will be successful at the national level,” said Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School.

Additional information about the spelling bee is available at For more information about PRSSA, visit