By: Mark Fitzgerald Scripps Howard spelling bee open to parents for the first time sp.
PARENTAL PARTICIPATION. P-a-r-e-n-t-a-l new word p-a-r-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n. Parental participation. For the first time in the 67 years of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee will make room for father-and mom, too. Mirriam-Webseter, the dictionary firm, is sponsoring an adult spelling competition that will procede the famous Scripps Howard Bee for school children. The Mirriam-Webster ""Parents of Champions"" Spelling Bee will take place on the evening of May 30, as parents begin arriving for the Scripps bee. The bee for schoolchildren will be held June 1 and 2. "Bee Week is always memorable, but having the adults kick off the festivities with their own bee is certain to be a highlight of good-natured fun for everyone involved,"" said William Burleigh, executive vice president of Scripps Howard. Parents, stepparents and legal guardians of the 238 1994 National Spelling Bee participants are eligible to compete in the Parents of Champions competition. 'They will be divided into teams of three, with no spouses on the same team,"" said Scripps Howard Bee director Reta Rose. Each member of the winning team will receive $500 in cash plus prizes worth another $250. There will be gifts for the second-and third-place finishers as well. The rules are simple, Rose said: ""One miss and you're out."" Chances are the bee could get a little rough, too. "Words will probably get more difficult faster than they do for the students. The students are here for two days, where we want to do this in two or three hours,"" Rose said. "We'll see how many are going out how fast,"" she added,"" and we can pull out the more difficult [words] if we have tomore things along.""