Scripps National Spelling Bee
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.
The most experienced speller remaining in the National Spelling Bee breezed through most of two semifinal rounds with his usual confidence. But with one word separating him from his first time in the finals, he was flustered.
Lori Anne Madison, the youngest child to ever compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, misspelled a word on the second day of competition.