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    13-year-olds make up 36.7 percent of the field. The field is slightly tilted toward girls, who make up 147 spellers, compared to 139 boys. Eighth graders predominate, with nearly half of all spellers… just 14 spellers, who attend parochial schools, with just five charter school students and one virtual school student making up smaller groups. Public school students are the large majority with 192 spellers, or 67.1 percent, followed by 28 private school students, or 13.3 percent, and home schoolers, 36 in all, at 12.6 percent.

    4 Responses to “SPELLING BEE STATS”

    Comment by
    Dee Dee
    May 31st, 2007
    at 1:51 am

    If there are 36 home schoolers and 28 private schoolers, why do the figures show a larger percentage of private school students? Maybe it’s just too late for my brain to operate effectively, but it doesn’t make sense to me.

    Comment by
    May 31st, 2007
    at 7:40 am

    Private school kids = (28/286) * 100 = 9.8%.
    But hey, I’m just a mom, what do I know.

    Comment by
    May 31st, 2007
    at 8:47 am

    The 28 is a typo. There are/were 38 private schoolers in the competition. Also, speller number 19 is enrolled in a homeschooling program through a charter school in CA – one of the legal options for homeschooling there. She is counted as a charter schooler by the bee officials but considers herself to be a homeschooler, and her sponsoring paper, the Sacramento Bee, reports that she is a homeschooler. Speller number 262 is both homeschooled and enrolled in some school classes in her home state of Vermont. The bee officials list her as a public school student.

    There are either 11 or 13 homeschooled spellers remaining in the competition, depending on whether or not you count the above two. Their numbers are:

    Comment by
    May 31st, 2007
    at 10:41 pm

    And, a homeschooler won: Evan O’Dorney, 13 from CA. He’s the 3rd home educated winner.