Each team will receive 3 badges at the time of
registration on the day of the contest. The badges have
to be worn by the participants at all times. The
team-leader (Speller) will be nominated by the school;
he/she shall spell the word after consulting with the
team members. However, all team members will be allowed
to ask questions to the pronouncer.
Removal of the
badges at any time during the competition is ground for
The role of the speller is (1) to gather as much
information as possible to help spell the word correctly
and (2) to spell the word correctly. The judges may not
disqualify a speller for asking a question.
Scores for each of the individual rounds will be
displayed on the scoreboard and will be announced to the
teams ONLY at the end of the two rounds.
may be challenged only at the end of each respective
round. Appeals may be filed only by the DAWN in
Education Spelling Bee Coordinator, who is seeking
reinstatement in the contest. The official appeal form
will contain space for the word in question, the name of
the school, and the reason for the appeal.
The competition will continue for two rounds. All
appeals if any will be submitted to the jury.
The judges will not entertain appeals from individuals
seeking to dislodge other teams/participants from the
The judges are in complete control of the competition.
Their decision shall be final on all questions.
For preparation of the contest students should consult
any Oxford dictionary in addition to the wordlist
provided by DAWN.
On stage communication between teams/spellers of other
schools is strictly prohibited.
Teams/participants will be required to stay quiet when
other teams/participants are being questioned. Comments
and remarks of all kinds to other teams/spellers are
The audience must NOT taunt or call out during
the competition. The audience will be required to
maintain pin drop silence at the time of the
One scorekeeper shall keep the score. Judges are to keep
track of correct and incorrect responses.
The judging panel will have three judges, out of which
one will be a DAWN designated moderator. The judges will
act as the court of appeal and their decision will be
In the event that an action of a participant, (whispers
etc.) supporter of a team is deemed inappropriate by the
moderator, the moderator may disqualify the team(s)
the competition, after the pronouncer gives the speller
a word, the speller will be encouraged to pronounce the
word before and after spelling it. The judges may not
disqualify a speller for failing to pronounce the word
either before or after spelling it.