The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas will sponsor the Arkansas State Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at Cabot High School. The event begins at 9 a.m. Spellers must arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Spellers arriving after 8:30 a.m. may not be able to participate.

Approximately 78,247 students from 500 schools in 60 counties across Arkansas will participate in local and county contests leading up to the February contest. One winner from each county will participate in the statewide spelling bee. The Arkansas winner will proceed to The Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program.

The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.

Bee Photos

Click HERE to view photos from the 2020 Arkansas State Spelling Bee.

2020 Arkansas State Spelling Bee Roster

County Name

Arkansas Calli Barnard

Ashley Janae' Black

Baxter Bailey Byrd

Benton Srikar Chittemsetty

Boone John Loring McGowan

Bradley Robert Anthony Russell

Carroll Gregory Thomas Fausett

Chicot Drew Maltos

Clark Summersky Joy Molinari

Clay Creedan Corwin

Cleveland Dylan Everett Dedman

Columbia Ansley Stultz

Conway Cooper Heath Brown

Craighead Joann Kim

Crawford Isabella Coody

Cross Matthew Brodbent

Faulkner Musta Mohid Zia

Franklin Gunner Shane Claiborne

Fulton Kaden Chad Costner

Garland Thomas Christopher Haban Sinclair

Grant Chauseus Txaus Siab Vang

Greene Mathewe Anthony James Woodson

Hempstead Addison Claire McEuen

Hot Spring Ian Riley Chandler

Howard Taylon Schooley

Independence Alexander William Tenace

Izard Olivia Blain Washington

Jackson Bronx Michael Holland

Jefferson Tahiya Sorker

Johnson Logan Robert Basham

Lawrence Ciera Kiley Pinkston

Lincoln James Jones

Logan Samuel Jason Wu

Lonoke Hudson Taylor Merrick

Madison Bella Evans

Marion Braden Carl Walker

Mississippi Keaton Vaughn Brasfield

Nevada Cheyenne Marlar

Newton Grace Kyndal Edgmon

Ouachita Anyshka Rajwani

Perry Courtney Drey Farnam

Phillips Karl Washington Jr.

Poinsett Alison Coffey

Polk Shantal Bengil Tecson

Pope Jacob Hann

Prairie Bailey Partain

Pulaski Anya Rao

Randolph Brice Gage Weisenbach

Saline Liricka Krystal Farr

Scott Reagan Layla-Renee MacPherson

Searcy Sydney Abigail Ragland

Sebastian Anastasia Moore

Sharp Lilly Lynn Arnold

St. Francis Jack Dawson

Stone Adhithya Anandaraj

Union Johntay McAlphin

Washington Ellis Baty Bell

White Jack Pace

Yell Sebastian Flores

Rules & Study Materials

Important Dates

Important Dates:

10/15/19 - Scripps early bird registration ends

11/1/19 - District Pronouncer Guide for County Bees available for county coordinators

12/20/19 - Deadline to register your school with Scripps

Dates vary - Deadlines for school-level and county bees. Contact your County Coordinator for details.

1/18/20 - Deadline to conduct county spelling bees

1/20/20 - Deadline for county coordinator to submit county winner and runner-up information for State Bee

1/27/20 - Arkansas State Spelling Bee roster is finalized - Notification must be received by this date if a county winner is not planning to participate in the State Bee so the runner up can be notified and substituted. NO changes to roster will be made after this date.

2/1/20 - Arkansas State Spelling Bee at Cabot High School (401 N Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023). Spellers must arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m and the bee will begin shortly after 9:00 a.m. Spellers arriving after 8:30 a.m. may not be able to participate.

5/24/20 - 5/29/20 - Scripps National Spelling Bee - Bee Week

Arkansas State Spelling Bee Contact Information

Questions specific to the Arkansas State Spelling Bee should be emailed to

Questions concerning the Scripps National Spelling Bee are accepted by visiting

County Bee/Coordinator Information

All counties in Arkansas with multiple schools/groups registered with Scripps must work together to select a county coordinator to schedule and conduct a County Spelling Bee to determine the speller that will advance and compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee. All aspects of County Bees are handled by the county coordinator. As we are made aware of the county coordinator for each county, their information will be added to the county coordinator directory below. All rules and decisions made at the school and county levels of competition are final and are not governed by the state sponsor. Counties with multiple schools and/or home school groups that do not conduct a county bee will not be eligible to advance a speller to the Arkansas State Spelling Bee.

A speller competing in the Arkansas State Spelling Bee must be a registered student at a school in the county they are representing. An official letter from a speller’s public/private school may be requested to confirm a speller’s current/active registration. If the speller is a home school student, they must be officially registered with the state of Arkansas as a home school student in the county they are representing. A verification letter and/or copy of a home school students Notice of Intent to Home School (NOI) form from the Arkansas Department of Education may be requested to confirm a speller’s county of residence and active status as a home school student.

If you have questions specific to the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, please email

Directory of participating Schools as of 12/27/19

County Coordinator Directory

2020 Rules for Local Spelling Bees with Arkansas State Spelling Bee Amendment

Words of the Champions - Official study resource of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

If you are a school or county coordinator and have questions or need help preparing for your bee, please contact Scripps by visiting Scripps has staff dedicated to assisting school and county coordinators with all aspects of the bee process.

Media/Press Contact Information

Media inquiries for the Arkansas State Spelling Bee should be directed to Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or

Directions To Cabot High School

Take Exit 19 in Cabot

Continue East on W. Main Street for approximately 1 mile

Turn left on N. Lincoln Street

At the traffic circle, continue straight on N. Lincoln Street

At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit into the parking lot

The Cabot High School Fine Arts Auditorium is directly ahead