Staples, Minn.,
17:47 PM

Sourcewell To Host Regional Spelling Bee

Over 30 students advance from respective district bees to participate

Over 30 students from across Region 5 will take the stage at 1:30 pm at Sourcewell on Tuesday, Feb. 19 for the 2019 Regional Spelling Bee. The event is free and open to the public. 

The group of participating spellers is comprised of students in grades 3-8 who were a finalist or champion in their respective district. The Regional Bee Champion earns a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., May 26-31, 2019. Sourcewell will cover all costs for the speller plus one parent or guardian.

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) has sponsored the Regional Bee for over 25 years. The event was held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd for many years and made the switch to Sourcewell's Staples location for the first time in 2017.

“Student success is a priority at Sourcewell, so it goes without saying that we are humbled and honored to be part of this annual event,” said Sourcewell Student Academic Coordinator Katie Embree. “In today's age of social media, increased use of abbreviations, and a reliance upon spellcheck, spelling skills are often overlooked. This event provides an opportunity to highlight not only the importance of spelling, but also the students who excel at it.”

For more information about the Regional Bee and other academic programming, visit

About Sourcewell

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 300 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.