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New Strategies Emerge in Spelling Bee Competitions

Troy Biddix

A partner with Deloitte Tax in Detroit, Troy Biddix manages the coordinated delivery of tax services to a well-established client base. Community involved, Troy Biddix serves as treasurer of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School and as Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School spelling bee master.

A recent Washington Post article brought attention to the recent trends of increased student participation in the National Spelling Bee competition and more difficult words being introduced in the event. Along with elevated thresholds of spelling bee success, strict new rules designed to limit the number of co-champions have been implemented.
For students serious about reaching the state and national finals, these changes have resulted in greater interest in online coaching services such as Brainsy. Charging rates as high as $200 an hour, coaches often have recent spelling bee success behind them and focus on ensuring that elite spellers are prepared for whatever comes their way.
One former champion and current coach breaks down words through historical competition trend analysis and emphasizes the importance of learning words specific to various languages of origin. Through devoting an optimal amount of time studying specific word groupings, students build a flexible knowledge of language patterns and the ability to spell words that they may never have encountered before.

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