Scripps National Spelling Bee
Five memorable moments from Thursday’s semifinals and finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee:
Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were declared co-winners after judges nearly run out of championship words.
A dozen of the nation’s best young spellers are competing for the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.
Forget the spelling. Victoria Allen was looking for a punch line.
The Bee began Tuesday morning with a computerized spelling and vocabulary test, with onstage rounds starting Wednesday on the way to Thursday’s prime-time finals.
Ask Jae Canetti to recite pi, and the numbers come out like a blur. Just when it sounds as if he’s about to stop, he takes a deep breath and continues. On and on. Until he’s reached the 131st digit.
The 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way, with 281 youngsters taking the first vocabulary test in the history of the competition.
Of the 85 kids who have won the National Spelling Bee, only one became an instant movie star. She’ll always be the 14-year-old girl from Tampa, Fla., with the glasses and dark shoulder-length hair, her arms raised while leaping for joy.
Ever wonder if those spelling bee kids know the meanings of some of those big words? Now they’ll have to prove that they do.
The story of this spelling bee champion begins in the car, on the daily commute to kindergarten with father at the wheel.