Department of Defense Education Activity

Ramstein Intermediate Student Represents European PTA and DoDEA in National Spelling Bee

For Immediate Release — May 31, 2018 | Europe

Jonnen Messer

ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 31, 2018 — Ramstein Intermediate School fifth-grader Jonnen Messer represented the European PTA and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) this week in Washington, D.C. at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company, is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program according to its website. Since the first national spelling bee in 1925, the program has evolved into more than just a contest for children — it is a classic element of Americana.

Local spelling bee programs are administered by Bee-selected sponsors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Schools in Europe. In Europe, the European PTA sponsors the event for DoDEA students. It is also administered in cooperation with local sponsors in six other countries: the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. This year’s 529 spellers advanced through classroom, school and local spelling bees, making them the very best of the more than 11 million students who participated in the program this year.

The winner of the national spelling bee will receive a $40,000 cash prize and Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy. Merriam-Webster will give a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library. Encyclopedia Britannica will provide $400 of reference works including a 1768 Encyclopedia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium. Also, the champion will receive a trip to New York City for the Champion to appear on Live with Kelly.

A complete list of spellers can be found on the National Spelling Bee site. Messer is speller number 27.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.