Yup'ik And Inupiaq Spelling Bees Canceled

Mar 19, 2020

2016 winners from left to right: 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School.
Credit Max Dan

The district and statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bees for Beginners are cancelled in response to social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The district tournament was planned for March 18 in Nunam Iqua, with the statewide competition scheduled to follow later this spring in Anchorage. Organizer Freda Dan said that the first Inupiaq Spelling Bee for Beginners has also been cancelled. The spelling bees serve to promote Yup'ik and Inupiaq literacy.