March 20, 2020 Update: The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee is suspended indefinitely following Scripps National Spelling Bee Announcement

As of today, The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee is suspended indefinitely following Scripps National Spelling Bee’s Announcement of the same.

After postponing the original 2020 Colorado State Spelling Bee to late April, the 8-week large event restriction due to COVID-19 went into full effect. Prior to making a final decision regarding the State Bee, we were awaiting the last date allowed by Scripps National Spelling Bee to qualify our Colorado champion for the finals. Unfortunately but understandable, Scripps National Spelling Bee announced that they have suspended this year’s National Finals in National Harbor, Maryland. They say if possible, they will work with local sponsors, spellers, convention partners and ESPN to reschedule the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee for later this year.

We at The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee are exploring all options of a rescheduled State Bee but will not know more information until we navigate further through this emergent situation. We recognize the intense hours spent studying for this competition and want to recognize all who qualified to compete for a chance to be the Colorado State Spelling Bee Champion.

Please stay tuned and continue to check our website: for any new updates. We will also post updates on social media @dpcommunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at or call 303-954-3001.

“The world is navigating through uncertainty, and while the timing of the national finals is just outside the eight-week window recommended by the CDC, this is the safest and most responsible action. This was a difficult decision that unfortunately will disappoint students who have spent a great deal of time studying and preparing, along with their parents and teachers who have supported them. The focus now shifts to exploring all options to possibly re-imagine a competition for later this year.” – Scripps National Spelling Bee

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The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee

Each year more than 270 top spellers (4th – 8th grade) from across Colorado come together in March at the University of Denver to compete for the title of Colorado State Spelling Bee Champion. This 80 year old tradition, originally sponsored by the Rocky Mountain News, encourages and rewards our young people’s love of learning and competition. The winner of the Colorado State Spelling Bee moves on to represent Colorado in the Scripps National Spelling Bee which is televised live on ESPN and is held near Washington D.C.

Click here to see the past Colorado State Spelling Bee champions.