LPB to broadcast Louisiana spelling bee competition

Published 10:47 am Saturday, July 29, 2023

LAPLACE – Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will broadcast the Louisiana Leadership Institute’s 2023 Statewide Spelling Bee. The program premieres Friday, August 4 at 7 p.m. on LPB PBS Kids 24/7 channel. An encore airs Saturday, August 5 at 3 p.m. on LPB-HD.

Children from across the state in grades 3 through 8 took part in the event, with 15 students from Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Greensburg, Lafayette, Laplace, Pineville, and Monroe taking the stage for the finals. The Institute provided a $10,000 grand prize for the champion speller consisting of a $1,000 cash prize and $9,000.00 in a Louisiana Student Tuition Assistance & Revenue Trust (START) account along with a Macbook.

The second-place speller also received a Macbook along with a $1,000 cash prize. Third place received a $500.00 cash prize, with the rest of the finalists all receiving cash prizes of $250.00. All finalists received a framed certificate and a commemorative medal.

The Louisiana Leadership Institute is an educational organization dedicated to nurturing and empowering Louisiana’s youth. Through a variety of innovative programs, the institute aims to foster leadership skills, promote academic excellence, and inspire a lifelong love of learning among the state’s young minds.
Since 1975, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. In addition to its award-winning documentaries about the history and people of Louisiana, LPB is dedicated to helping children throughout the state develop their literacy, math, and science skills through its numerous educational outreach programs.