The Spelling Bee Program


2020 Spelling Bee Competition 
Cooperstown seventh-grader Punya Phaugat was named champion of The Daily Star’s 18th annual regional spelling bee Saturday, March 7, 2020.  Due to the cancellation of the 2020 National Spelling Bee Competition, Punja did not get an opportunity to compete in Washington for the national championship.  Punja is planning to compete again at the 2021 Regional Spelling Bee Competition to be held on Saturday, March 27th at the SUNY Oneonta's Goodrich Theater or virtually if COVID social distancing rules prevent large gatherings.   
DCMO BOCES coordinates the Spelling Bee Regional Competition program for 35 schools in the DCMO and the ONC BOCES region.  Thanks to the facilities support from SUNY College at Oneonta, the annual Regional Competition returns to its home at the Goodrich Theater with an open opportunity for the general public to experience the event. 

The Daily Star Regional Spelling Bee Competition is open to public and non-public schools from The Daily Star subscription area which covers DCMO BOCES, ONC BOCES, and Richfield Springs.   Parents who have children who are interested in this type of competition may attend the event to inspire future participation and then contact the school program coordinator to participate. 

The school conducts a local spelling bee competition and sends the School Spelling Bee Champion to compete at the Daily Star Regional Spelling Bee Competition.  The winner of the Oneonta Daily Star Spelling Bee competes at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington D.C. with all expenses paid for the student plus one chaperone.   To learn more about the spelling bee, visit the SCRIPPS Spelling Bee site.

Sponsors and supporters are welcome to explore opportunities to engage in volunteer or funding opportunities that open new doors for students in our local region.  

To explore the possibilities to support enrichment programs write to [email protected]
2020 Spelling Bee Competitors
2019 Spelling Bee Competitors
2017 Spelling Bee Competitors
2016 Spelling Bee Competitors
2015 Spelling Bee Competitors

Support The Spelling Bee Travel Fund

Regional Spelling Bee
Friday March 26, 2021
Virtually - Broadcasted At The DCMO BOCES YouTube Channel
Starting at 10:00 am 


Thank You 
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