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The 2010 Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee

2010 Spelling BeeThe 2010 Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee was broadcast live Saturday, February 20 on WHRO DT 15.1 and is streaming on Students representing 37 area schools as local Spelling Bee Champions competed.









According to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, that’s the most frequently used word on their word lists. We think it’s especially fitting, as our own Dr. Raymond Jones (who programs our digital radio station, Connoisseur Classics at 90.3-2HD) was the official pronouncer for the 3rd Annual Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee, again held here in WHRO’s studios. This year’s bee was broadcast live on WHRO-DT 15.1 on Saturday, February 20th at 2pm.

Students who competed in the 3rd Annual Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee were from public, private, and home schools from all over Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. Top school winners from the sixth through eighth grades were attempting to win an all expense paid trip to Washington, DC in May and the opportunity to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Our last two local winners were sisters Rebecca and Caroline Willett. Caroline, a seventh grader, was still eligible to compete for the local title, but she had some tough competition. Virginia has had only two national champions – in 1984 and 1992 – since the inception of the national competition in 1925. Last year’s national championship winning word was Laodicean (for more info, see box on right). How would you have done? Hope you were able to join in the fun on February 20th. If not, you can view the stream of this year’s competition here.


WHRO Owner Member School Division Middle Schools with students competing:
  • Chesapeake - Deep Creek Middle;

  • Norfolk - Blair Middle, Ruffner Middle, School of International Studies-Meadowbrook;

  • Portsmouth - Churchland Middle, Cradock Middle, William E Waters Middle;

  • Southampton - Southampton Middle; Suffolk - Forest Glen Middle, John F Kennedy Middle;

  • Virginia Beach - Independence Middle, Kemps Landing Magnet, Kempsville Middle, Landstown Middle, Larkspur Middle, Lynnhaven Middle, Plaza Middle, Princess Anne Middle, Virginia Beach Middle.

    PUBLIC SCHOOLS in North Carolina: Ahoskie Elementary School, Central Middle, Elizabeth City Middle, Hertford County Middle, Moyock Middle, River Road Middle.

    INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS: Atlantic Shores Christian, Cape Henry Collegiate, Faith Academy School Of Excellence, Gaston College Preparatory, Nansemond Suffolk Academy, Norfolk Academy, Norfolk Christian, Norfolk Collegiate, St. Gregory the Great, St. Patrick Catholic, Star Of The Sea.

    HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION with one student competing: KEYS.



    For more information on the 2011 Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee scheduled for February 12 contact Debbie Bellucci, Educational Services Manager, The Virginian-Pilot via email at

    Spelling Bee Winners

    WHRO congratulates the 1st place winner of the 2010 WHRO/Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee,
    Walter Francis of Southampton Middle School. Here he’s flanked by
    2nd place
    winner Elizabeth Elia of Forest Glen Middle School on the left,
    and 3rd place winner Kianna Rhodes of Churchland Middle School on the right.

    View the slideshow for a Spelling Bee Rehearsal. WHRO staff and volunteers stood in for each student that was going to compete the following day.
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    View the slideshow for a Spelling Bee LIVE @ WHRO on February 20th.
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    Mark your calendars for 2011!!
    Feb 12 is the next Bee!!

    WORD - 2009

    Scripp’s National Spelling Bee Winning Word: Laodicean
    Pronunciation: \lā-ä-də-sē-ən, lā-ō-də-\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: from the reproach to the church of the Laodiceans in Rev 3:15–16
    Date: 1633
    : lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics