Ohio Dominican University Hosts Columbus City Schools Spelling Bees

Columbus City Schools


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) welcomes some of the best spellers in Central Ohio to its campus as it hosts the Columbus City Schools (CCS) Elementary School (ES) and Middle School (MS) Spelling Bees. The ES spelling bee will be held on Feb. 7 while the MS spelling bee will be held on Feb. 8. Both events take place from 9 a.m. – noon in the Matesich Theatre, located inside Erskine Hall on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.  

Columbus City School’s Gifted and Talented Department is sponsoring the spelling bee, which will include 70 elementary and 40 middle school students. 

Prior to Friday’s competition, ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., will offer remarks and words of encouragement to students and their families. Theresa Holleran, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs at ODU, will offer remarks prior to Thursday’s event. 

"Spelling bees promote literacy and increased vocabulary skills associated with word origin, definition, usage and related spelling rules,” said Ronda Budd, Regional Coordinator for CCS’s Gifted and Talented Department. “The benefits of spelling bees extend beyond language. Students are required to spell words while on stage, which promotes the development of self-confidence, communication and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to thrive under pressure through a spirit of academic competition.” 

To advance to the ES and MS Spelling Bees, students have either won, or been runner-up, in their school-wide spelling bee. The winner of the ES and MS Spelling Bee will not advance to any other competition, as this event is not related to the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.