Spelling Bee

11th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee

South Cook Intermediate Service Center and ComEd are in a joint partnership to sponsor the Annual and Regional Scripps Spelling Bees for the three Intermediate Service Centers (ISCs): South Cook, North Cook, and West 40.

Any public, private or home schooled students within the service areas of the ISCs can participate in the 11th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee events provided they have registered and enrolled with Scripps National Spelling Bee ( www.spellingbee.com ). Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finalists from the North Cook, South Cook and West 40 Annual Bees will have the opportunity to compete at the Regional ISC Scripps Championship Event.

Scripps is promoting an On Line Testing Platform for those schools that are doing hybrid learning.

The enrollment fee is $157 per school. Home-schooled Fee is $102.  Check handling fee is $7.50. Enrollment deadline is December 20, 2020. 

All school district spelling bees must be held prior to February 23, 2021 and only one student from each district can participate in our 11th Annual ISC Scripps Spelling Bee Events. THE STUDENT WINNER AND SPELLING BEE COORDINATOR WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION NOTICE ELECTRONICALLY, AS TO THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE 11TH ANNUAL ISC SCRIPPS SPELLING BEE.

The dates and locations for each of our bees are as follows:


  • 11th Annual North Cook ISC Scripps Spelling Bee will be held on March 3, 2021 at the New Performing Arts Center at Gemini Middle School, 8955 Greenwood Avenue in Niles, IL. (Snow Day: March 8)
  • 11th Annual South Cook ISC Scripps Spelling Bee will be held on March 9, 2021 at Southland College Preparatory Charter High School, 4601 Sauk Trail in Richton Park, IL. (Snow Day: March 10)
  • 11th Annual West 40 ISC Scripps Spelling Bee will be held on March 2, 2021 at McClure Jr. High School, 4225 Wolf Road in Western Springs, IL. (Snow Day: March 4)


  • 11th Regional ISC Scripps Spelling Bee Championship will be held on March 16, 2021 at McClure Jr. High School, 4225 Wolf Road in Western Springs, IL for our 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finalists. (Snow Day: March 18)

The situation is obviously fluid with COVID 19 and decisions will be made with input from our Management Team to ensure and maintain everyone’s health.

All information is updated and available on the Scripps National Spelling Bee web page at www.spellingbee.com.

If further information is desired, please do not hesitate to contact Margot Fennelly South Cook ISC Grant Spelling Bee Coordinator at mfennelly@s-cook.org

Good luck to our spellers!