Spelling Bee

Miami Herald Spelling Bee

Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Miami Herald Spelling Bee presented by Burger King Corp. offers the opportunity for South Florida schools to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program.

Last year, more than 375 public and private school students in 4th – 8th grade participated from Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. The Middle School winner at the competition will represent his or her county and compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. There will be one Middle School winner from Miami-Dade/Monroe and one winner from Broward County.

In addition to improving students’ spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise – a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts and athletics.

Merriam-Webster is a proud sponsor and prize donor of the Miami Herald Spelling Bee.


2015 Miami-Dade/Monroe County Winners​

Hebrew Academy student wins Miami-Dade spelling bee

Elementary School
  • 1st Place: Vasundara Govindarajan - Archimedean Academy
  • 2nd Place: Vaniel Barahona - Oliver Hoover Elementary School
  • 3rd Place: Michael Tsema - Norman S. Edelcup/Sunny Isles Beach K-8

Middle School
  • 1st Place: Jack Benveniste-Plitt - Hebrew Academy
  • 2nd Place: Melanie Colarte, Herbert A. Ammons Middle
  • 3rd Place: Melanie Barata, Mater Academy

2015 Broward County Winners

Wilton Manors Elementary and American Heritage Middle students win Herald spelling bee in Broward

Elementary School
  • 1st Place: Serenity Miller - Wilton Manors Elementary School
  • 2nd Place: Rohan Kumar - American Heritage
  • 3rd Place: Justin Rosman - St. Bonaventure/Sabit Razzak - Nur Ul-Islam

Middle School
  • 1st Place: Trishala Kumar - American Heritage
  • 2nd Place: Akash Deo - North Broward Preparatory
  • 3rd Place: Aidan Veghte - Pine Crest School

General Information

The 75th Annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee dates are as follows:


Burger King
BK McLamore Foundation
Jungle Island
Newspapers In Education
The Children's Trust