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Scripps National Spelling Bee

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86th Spelling Bee Begins Unlike Any Before

The 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way, with 281 youngsters taking the first vocabulary test in the history of the competition.


Nupur Lala, then 14, celebrates after winning the 72nd annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in 1999. (credit: MARIO TAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Spelling Bee Champion Turned Movie Star Proves It’s OK To Be Nerdy

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.


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C-H-A-N-G-E-S at Spelling Bee: Kids Now Must Know Definitions

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.


Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, Calif., holds the trophy after she has won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition on May 31, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

14-Year-Old California Girl Captures National Spelling Bee On ‘Guetapens’

The story of this spelling bee champion begins in the car, on the daily commute to kindergarten with father at the wheel.


Spelling Bee contestant Vismaya Jui Kharkar of Bountiful, Utah, tries to spell her word during round 6 of the 84th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 31, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Nine spellers have advanced to compete in the final of the competition.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals Kickoff

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.


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6-Year-Old Lori Anne Madison Misspells “Ingluvies” At Scripps National Spelling Bee

Lori Anne Madison, the youngest child to ever compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, misspelled a word on the second day of competition.