Almost 600! And, a response from Scripps!
Jun 20, 2013 — The National Spelling Bee has responded!
They've said, "On behalf of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, this petition is certainly flattering! It’s great to see so many people who stand up to believe in the value our purpose: to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
With the limited resources we have, it's our intention to focus our program on elementary and middle school ages at this time. If at some point we decide to make a change we will certainly let you know.
Thanks for your interest and thanks for being a fan of the Bee!"
We need to let Scripps know the change needs to be done now! Enough students have taken the pain of losing something, they've loved doing their whole lives.