Scripps National Spelling Bee
For viewers of last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw.
Fans of the Scripps National Spelling Bee will have a new way to follow the tongue-twisting action this year.
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.