South Asian Spelling Bee
The South Asian Spelling Bee is an annual spelling bee platform in the United States for children of South Asia descent. It is an annual contest tours the country each June and July in pursuit of the top two spellers from 10 cities nationwide. The competition is open to any student in the between the ages of 8 and 14, who has at least one parent or grandparent who is of South Asian descent, or whose lineage can be traced to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and/or Sri Lanka. Since its launch in 2008, the South Asian Spelling Bee has been aired in over 120 countries on Sony Entertainment Television Asia as a multi-part series.
Regional competitions are held in major South Asian American hubs across the United States. As of 2011, the bee visits: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, New Jersey, the Washington Metropolitan Area, New York, and Boston. Spellers are enrolled by a parent or guardian to participate in any one regional contest. The top three spellers from each regional contest are awarded cash prizes. The winner and first runner-up in each of the regional contests are invited to participate in the national final, which takes place each August at North Brunswick Township High School in New Jersey. The national champion is awarded a $10,000 grand prize scholarship presented by the title sponsor. Since 2009, MetLife has been the competition’s title sponsor and it has been called the MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee
The South Asian Spelling Bee is featured across an array of South Asians-focused as well as mainstream media outlets. Produced for broadcast on Sony Entertainment Television Asia, the regional contests and finals are aired worldwide each year. Many South Asian-focused newspapers, feature coverage of the bee each season, from the season launch through the national finals. In light of the successes of South Asian-American students when it comes to spelling contests, the South Asian Spelling Bee has gained recognition for its role in promoting academic talent. In 2008, the Bee was noted by BBC News. as an emerging platform geared specifically towards this audience In 2010, the South Asian Spelling Bee was recognized by the Wall Street Journal . as a leading academic contest for South Asian-American youth.
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