This Thursday at 6 p.m. the English Academic Society will host a Valentine’s Spelling Bee in the William F. Rigby Lounge.

The winners of the spelling bee will receive prizes. All students are invited to participate, regardless of experience or talent.

Treats will be provided for all in attendance.

Spelling competitions became common in schools in the 18th century and were considered a recreational activity for adults and children. Benjamin Franklin advocated for their use in a 1750 proposal for a school.

For more history of spelling competitions, click here.

The National Spelling Bee started in 1925 when nine newspapers hosted the first spelling bee. The Bee promotes literacy and reaches over 11 million students each year. The Merriam-Webster Unabridged dictionary is the official dictionary for the spelling bee.

For more information on the National Spelling Bee, visit their website.