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The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly known as the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly referred to simply as the National Spelling Bee) is a highly competitive annual spelling bee run on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, held in the ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel in Washington, D.C. The competition is open to the winners of sponsored regional spelling bees held mostly throughout the United States. Contestants from Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, and the Bahamas have participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee as well. The 80th National Speeling bee will take place on Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31 2007. On May 31, 2007 the second day of the national spelling bee, ESPN will broadcast the semifinal rounds live from 10 AM until 1 PM EDT and The Championship Finals of the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee live on ABC from 8:00 PM to 10:00 p.m. EDT. Image File history File links Spellingberfds. ... For other uses, see Spelling bee (disambiguation). ... A nonprofit organization (sometimes abbreviated to not-for-profit, non-profit, or NPO) is an organization whose primary objective is to support some issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes. ... Scripps Center, the corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... For the inventor of Celluloid, see John Wesley Hyatt. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack... May 30 is the 150th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (151st in leap years). ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ...

Contents

History

The website of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The National Spelling Bee was formed in 1925 as a consolidation of numerous local spelling bees, organized by the Louisville Courier-Journal and having nine competitors. Later, the E.W. Scripps Company acquired the rights to the program. The bee is held in late May and/or early June of each year, and is open to students who have not yet completed the eighth grade, reached their 16th birthday, nor won a previous National Spelling Bee. Its goal is educational: not only to encourage children to perfect the art of spelling, but also to help enlarge their vocabularies and widen their knowledge of the English language. Image File history File linksMetadata Scripps_spelling_bee_website. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Scripps_spelling_bee_website. ... Categories: Stub | Newspapers in Kentucky | Louisville, Kentucky ... The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a media conglomerate founded by Edward W. Scripps on November 2, 1878, originally known as the Cleveland Penny Press. ... Proper spelling is the writing of a word or words with all necessary letters and diacritics present in an accepted standard order. ...


The 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C., on May 31 and June 1, 2006. Two hundred seventy-five spellers participated in the competition (the greatest in the history of the event), and Katharine Close was crowned the champion after twenty arduous rounds. Finola Hackett of Canada placed second after misspelling "weltschmerz." For the first time in the Bee's history, ABC broadcast the Championship Rounds on prime-time TV. ESPN, which had televised the final rounds of the bee in their entirety since 1994 (CNN televised the final rounds from 1991-93), aired the Preliminary Championship Rounds. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry hosted the ESPN broadcast and ABC Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts hosted the ABC broadcast, with former finalist Paul Loeffler serving as the analyst for both broadcasts, and Chris Connelly filling the sideline reporter role. Both ESPN and ABC broadcasted the event in high-definition. Close at the 2006 national spelling bee, immediately after spelling Ursprache correctly. ... Finola Hackett is a 14-year-old girl from Alberta, Canada who finished second in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee. ... Weltschmerz (from the German meaning world-pain or world-weariness, see wiktionary entry) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that the physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... This article is about the American ESPN show. ... Chris McKendry (born February 18, 1968), is currently a journalist for ESPN since 1996. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Robin Roberts can refer to at least two different people: Robin Roberts, the Hall of Fame baseball player. ... Projection screen in a home theater, displaying a high-definition television image. ...


The 2006 Bee was also remarkable because an extremely rare error had made its way into the judges' word lists. This Round 8 error, had it not been found and reported quickly, would have resulted in the erroneous elimination of Saryn Hooks, who correctly spelled the Hebrew word "hechsher," meaning a rabbinical endorsement of food. The judges' word list, however, listed the word as "hechscher." The error was first caught by Lucas Brown, who then promptly notified the judges. Saryn Hooks was reinstated, and went on to take third place. Hooks receives applause upon being reinstated. ...


Regional competitions

The Scripps National Spelling Bee truly begins through the millions of students in schools that participate in the program. Scripps has 275 sponsors (mostly newspapers) from the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, New Zealand, and Europe covering a certain area and conducting their own regional spelling bees to send spellers to the national level. All winners (as of 2006) have been from the United States, except for Jody-Anne Maxwell, who won in 1998, representing Jamaica. Regional bees usually have a limited number of spots allotted to each school in their region, so schools conduct their own spelling bees to determine the spellers get to advance to regionals. Sometimes there are additional levels of spelling bees between the school bees and regional bees, such as district or county bees. Jody-Anne Maxwell from Kingston, Jamaica, was the winner of the 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the age of 12. ...


Most school and regional bees (known to Scripps as "local spelling bees") use the official study booklet, which was changed this year from the previous "Paideia" to "Spell It!." The new booklet is published by Merriam-Webster in association with the National Spelling Bee. "Spell It!" contains 701 words, divided primarily by language of origin, along with exercises and activities in each section. This booklet will be changed yearly. Bees preliminary to the regional level mostly use the School Pronouncer's Guide which contains a collection of Spell It! words as well as tiebreaker words not in Spell It! but in Scripps' official dictionary, Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. 1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is a common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, deriving its name from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ...


The regional bees are given a Sponsor Bee Guide by Scripps. There are two volumes, which each contain Spell It! words as well as tiebreaker words. However, any official bee, regional or not, can choose to not use the words from Spell It!.


The national competition

Format

Katharine "Kerry" Close shortly after becoming champion of the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

After a few days of festivities, the national competition begins. Round One consists of a 25-word multiple-choice written test. One word on the written test is taken from Spell It!, the official study booklet; Dr. Jacques Bailly, the Bee's official pronouncer, pronounces each word, its language of origin, definition, and usage in a sentence. Round Two is an oral round in which all spellers spell a word from the Bee's official dictionary, Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, which has over 470,000 entries. Image File history File links Katharine_close. ... Image File history File links Katharine_close. ... Close at the 2006 national spelling bee, immediately after spelling Ursprache correctly. ... Dr. Jacques Bailly (born 1966) was the 1980 national champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and now serves as the official pronouncer of the Bee, a position he has held since 2003. ... 1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is a common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, deriving its name from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ...


Each correct word on the Round One written test is worth one point and a correct oral spelling in Round Two is worth three points. The judges find the lowest of the 90 highest total scores (Rounds One and Two combined) to find a minimum qualifying score for Round Three. All spellers attaining this score, called the "Threshold of 90," advance to Round Three, while all others are eliminated. In the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee, 97 spellers advanced with a minimum qualifying score of 21.


Beginning in Round Three, each speller participates in a single-elimination oral round, and is given one word to spell. If a speller spells incorrectly, he or she is eliminated. If he or she spells correctly, he or she moves on to the next round.


Rounds continue until a champion is declared. If, at the end of a particular round, there is only one speller remaining, he must correctly spell one additional word to win. If he misspells his word, then all spellers who were present at the beginning of the round return, and the next round begins. If there are two or three spellers remaining at the beginning of a round, the pronouncer moves to the Championship Words section of the word list. The spellers alternate spelling words from this list of 25 words until only one speller remains. However, if all 25 Championship Words are exhausted before a champion is declared, then all remaining spellers are declared co-champions.


Before 2004, spellers were not asked to spell any word until the judges deemed that the word has been clearly pronounced and identified by the speller, only then would the judges force a speller to begin spelling. Starting in 2004, the Bee adopted new rules.


A speller is given two minutes and thirty seconds from when a word is first pronounced, to spell a word in its entirety. The first two minutes are known as "Regular Time", the final thirty seconds is known as "Finish Time". During this time limit, a speller is allowed to ask the pronouncer for the following information:

  • The definition of the word
  • The word's part of speech
  • The word's usage in a sentence
  • The word's language(s) of origin (not the complete etymology, even though some spellers refer to the language(s) of origin as the etymology)
  • Alternate pronunciations of the word
  • Alternate definitions of the word
  • Whether or not the word contains a specified root; this may only be asked providing the speller can state the root in question, the root's language of origin, and the root's definition.

Once "Regular Time" has expired, a chime will sound, and the judges will inform the speller that "Finish Time" has begun. The speller gets the benefit of watching a clock count down from thirty seconds, as no timing devices are allowed onstage. No more requests may be made to the pronouncer, and the speller must begin spelling the word. Any speller that exceeds the time limit is automatically eliminated on the grounds that judges will not aknowledge any letters given by the speller after the end of "Finish Time". Not to be confused with Entomology, the study of insects. ... The root is the primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. ...


A speller is allowed once during the bee to ask for "Bonus Time" which is a one minute continuation of "Regular Time." "Bonus Time" must be requested before "Finish Time" commences.


A speller is also allowed to start over spelling a word, however, he or she may not change the letters they have already said. Doing so counts as a misspell and automatic elimination.


Any speller that exhausts "Regular Time" twice will be subjected to "Abbreviated Regular Time" (90 seconds) instead of "Regular Time".


In 2005, there were nineteen rounds, and the last seven rounds only had three eliminations, underscoring the expertise of these final four spellers. In 2006, there were twenty rounds, with the two final spellers in competition from Rounds 13 through 20.


Prizes

The winner of the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee is awarded cash and prizes totaling over $42,500. These include: a cash prize of $20,000 and an engraved loving cup from Scripps, a $2,500 savings bond and reference library from Merriam-Webster, a $5,000 cash award from Leapfrog, a $5,000 cash award from Franklin Electronic Publishers, over $5,000 in reference works from Encyclopædia Britannica, and a $5,000 college scholarship from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation. Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Websters An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). ... See also the activity of leapfrog. ... Franklin Electronic Publishers (formerly Franklin Computer Corporation) is an American consumer electronics manufacturer based in Burlington, New Jersey, founded in 1981. ... The Encyclopædia Britannica is a general encyclopedia published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. ...


In 2006, every speller received a commemorative watch (manufactured by TimeCal) from Scripps, Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged on CD-ROM from Merriam-Webster, a $100 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond, a $20 gift certificate from Franklin Electronic Publishers, a Fly Pentop Computer from Leapfrog, and a cash prize from Scripps. These cash prizes are determined based on the round in which the speller is eliminated. They range from $25 for a speller eliminated before the third round with less than 13 points, $12,000 for the second place finisher, to $20,000 for the champion (not including prizes from other sources). 1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is a common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, deriving its name from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ... Franklin Electronic Publishers (formerly Franklin Computer Corporation) is an American consumer electronics manufacturer based in Burlington, New Jersey, founded in 1981. ... A typical Fly pen with a Batman Begins game cartridge Fly is a pentop computer, which is a type of pen with a computer inside. ... See also the activity of leapfrog. ...


Recent competitions and spellers

A thirteen-year-old eighth-grader from Spring Lake, New Jersey, Katharine "Kerry" Close, won the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee (2006) on her fifth attempt, correctly spelling "Ursprache" in the twentieth round. She is the first female champion since 1999. There was a record total of 275 spellers, 139 boys and 136 girls, in the 2006 Bee. In the 2005 Bee, there were only 19 rounds with 273 spellers. All states were represented, as well as several other countries, but some of the lower population states (such as Wyoming) sent only one speller to the Bee. Fourteen of the spellers were from Canada. Spring Lake is the name of several places in the United States of America: Spring Lake, Florida Spring Lake, Indiana Spring Lake, Louisiana Spring Lake, Maine Spring Lake, Michigan Spring Lake, Minnesota Spring Lake, New Jersey Spring Lake, New York Spring Lake, North Carolina Spring Lake, Rhode Island Spring Lake... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


A mix of still eligible and former spellers have formed an online study organization known as "Speller Nation," or SPN, designed to help students learn more about the English language. Several of the top ten finalists of 2005 and 2006, including 2005 National Champion Anurag Kashyap, were in this group. SPN has reportedly drawn harsh criticism from the National Spelling Bee's director, Paige Kimble, but rumors of this criticism are not documented.


A recent trend in the bee is the large number of Indian American participants and winners since Balu Natarajan won the competition in 1985. 5 of the last 7 champions, the top 4 competitors in 2005 and 30 out of the 97 competitors to clear the written round in 2006 were of the Indian American community. This has led to significant media coverage of the event in India. ([1], [2], [3]) For an article on American Indians see Native Americans. ...


Publicity

In film

Documentary

The 2002 Academy Award-nominated documentary Spellbound follows eight competitors during the 1999 competition, including the 1999 spelling bee winner, Nupur Lala. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Spellbound is a 2002 documentary, directed by Jeffrey Blitz, nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. ...


Fiction

The 2005 film Bee Season (based on Myla Goldberg's novel), and Akeelah and the Bee from 2006 follows a young girl's journey through various levels of spelling bee competition to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Contestants in the Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are competing for a spot in the National Spelling Bee. Bee Season is a 2005 feature film based on the 2000 novel by Myla Goldberg. ... Myla Goldberg (born 1972) is an American novelist and musician. ... Bee Season is a 2000 novel (ISBN 0385498799) by Myla Goldberg. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music by William Finn centering around a fictional spelling bee in a geographically ambiguous Putnam County. ...


The term and logo

The origin of the word "bee" as used in "spelling bee" is unclear. "Bee" refers to "a gathering", where people join together in an activity. While the similarity between these human social gatherings and the social nature of bees is evident, recent thinking is that the "bee" in "spelling bee" is of a completely different origin[4]. Regardless, an insect bee is featured prominently on the logo of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was designed by Jeff Fassnacht and Lori Seibert of Seibert Design Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Nonfiction

'American Bee' by James Maguire, profiles 5 spellers including Samir Patel, Katharine Close, Aliya Deri, and Marshall Winchester, as well as giving an overview of the history of the bee.[1] Samir Patel is a 13 year old 8th grade academic competitor, born January 14th, 1994. ... Close at the 2006 national spelling bee, immediately after spelling Ursprache correctly. ...


Criticism

Some critics believe that the winning word for each year is too easy compared to the other words in the high rounds of the nationals.[citation needed]


Some suggest homeschooled students have an advantage, that they can forgo their studies to prepare for the bee. Homeschoolers respond that, while they do have extra time to devote to spelling practice, such extra time does not come at the expense of their other studies; rather, lessons can be completed in a shorter time when one omits the travel time, change of classes, roll call, etc. that traditionally schooled students must endure.


Many critics argue that the contest's format does not actually guarantee the "best" speller will win because when a contestant is disqualified for misspelling a word, any number of the remaining contestants might also not know how to spell the same word, yet those contestants get to continue in the competition. (One format with more parity would require all contestants to write out the same word in each round; all misspellers of that word would be simultaneously disqualified, and the final winner would be the only contestant to have correctly spelled all words in all rounds.) Examples of this alleged disparity are most visible in the middle rounds of national competition, when some words are familiar to reasonably well-read persons but others must be figured out from their etymology. For example, in Round 4 of the 2004 National Spelling Bee, one girl received the relatively well-known word "facade", while another speller then received the word "silicicolous" (which she went on to misspell). True, a speller of national-championship caliber would likely have little difficulty reconstructing the word from its Greco-Latin elements "silex, silicis" (sand) and "-colous" (inhabiting). However, spellers in the "middle of the pack" often find that receiving one word rather than another can make a significant difference in how far they advance, and their prize money can vary significantly depending on the round in which they are eliminated.


Defenders of the current Bee format note that although the words each speller is given vary ex post, spellers have equal chances ex ante of receiving a given word: before a round is conducted, or at least before Bee officials arrange the words of a given round in numerical order, every speller has the same chance of being given a particular word. In turn, because each speller possesses the same ex ante chance of being given each word, spellers of equal skill will have the same ex ante chance of successfully remaining in the competition. Ex ante is a Latin term meaning beforehand. Ex ante evaluations deal with forecasting and forecasted returns on invested money. ... Ex ante is a Latin term meaning beforehand. Ex ante evaluations deal with forecasting and forecasted returns on invested money. ... Ex ante is a Latin term meaning beforehand. Ex ante evaluations deal with forecasting and forecasted returns on invested money. ... Ex ante is a Latin term meaning beforehand. Ex ante evaluations deal with forecasting and forecasted returns on invested money. ...


Many of these commentators also note that giving the same word to all spellers remaining in competition, as currently occurs in the written test round of national competition, eliminates spellers' ability to ask questions regarding the specific etymological roots of those words. Such a format favors spellers who rely on rote memorization and disadvantages spellers who employ more sophisticated analytical methods to decipher the spelling of words with which they are not familiar.


Champions and winning words

The following are the previous champions, their sponsors, and the final word in competition (i.e., the word that was correctly spelled to be declared the champion).[2] The Scripps National Spelling Bee was not held in the World War II years of 1943, 1944 and 1945, and co-champions were declared in the years 1950, 1957, and 1962.

Year Final Word Winner Sponsor Location of Sponsor
1925 gladiolus Frank Neuhauser 1 Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
1926 abrogate Pauline Bell Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
1927 luxuriance Dean Lucas Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1928 albumen Betty Robinson South Bend Tribune South Bend, Indiana
1929 asceticism Virginia Hogan Omaha World-Herald Omaha, Nebraska
1930 fracas Helen Jensen Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
1931 foulard Ward Randall White Hall Register-Republican White Hall, Illinois
1932 knack Dorothy Greenwalk Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
1933 torsion Alma Roach Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1934 deteriorating Sarah Wilson Portland Evening Express Portland, Maine
1935 intelligible Clara Mohler Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1936 interning Jean Trowbridge Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
1937 promiscuous Waneeta Beckley Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
1938 sanitarium Marian Richardson Louisville Times Louisville, Kentucky
1939 canonical Elizabeth Ann Rice Worcester Telegram & Gazette Worcester, Massachusetts
1940 therapy Laurel Kuykendall The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
1941 initials Louis Edward Sissman Detroit News Detroit, Michigan
1942 sacrilegious Richard Earnhart El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
1946 semaphore John McKinney Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
1947 chlorophyll Mattie Lou Pollard Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia
1948 psychiatry Jean Chappelear Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1949 dulcimer Kim Calvin Canton Repository Canton, Ohio
1950 meticulosity Diana Reynard Cleveland Press Cleveland, Ohio
and Colquitt Dean Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia
1951 insouciant Irving Belz Memphis Press Scimitar Memphis, Tennessee
1952 vignette Doris Ann Hall Winston-Salem Journal Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1953 soubrette Elizabeth Hess Arizona Republic Phoenix, Arizona
1954 transept William Cashore Norristown Times Herald Norristown, Pennsylvania
1955 crustaceology Sandra Sloss St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, Missouri
1956 condominium Melody Sachko The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1957 schappe Sandra Owen Canton Repository Canton, Ohio
and Dana Bennett Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1958 syllepsis Jolitta Schlehuber Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, Kansas
1959 catamaran Joel Montgomery Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1960 eudaemonic Henry Feldman The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
1961 smaragdine John Capehart Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma
1962 esquamulose Nettie Crawford El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
and Michael Day St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, Missouri
1963 equipage Glen Van Slyke III The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
1964 sycophant William Kerek Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1965 eczema Michael Kerpan Jr. Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma
1966 ratoon Robert A. Wake Houston Chronicle Houston, Texas
1967 chihuahua Jennifer Reinke The Omaha World-Herald Omaha, Nebraska
1968 abalone Robert L. Walters The Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, Kansas
1969 interlocutory Susan Yoachum Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas
1970 croissant Libby Childress Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1971 shalloon Jonathan Knisely1 Philadelphia Bulletin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1972 macerate Robin Kral Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock, Texas
1973 vouchsafe Barrie Trinkle Fort Worth Press Fort Worth, Texas
1974 hydrophyte Julie Ann Junkin Birmingham Post-Herald Birmingham, Alabama
1975 incisor Hugh Tosteson San Juan Star San Juan, Puerto Rico
1976 narcolepsy Tim Kneale Syracuse Herald Journal-American Syracuse, New York
1977 cambist John Paola The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1978 deification Peg McCarthy The Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka, Kansas
1979 maculature Katie Kerwin Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1980 elucubrate Jacques Bailly 1 2 Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1981 sarcophagus Paige Pipkin1 3 El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
1982 psoriasis Molly Dieveney Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1983 Purim Blake Giddens 4 El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
1984 luge Daniel Greenblatt Loudoun Times-Mirror Leesburg, Virginia
1985 milieu Balu Natarajan 1 Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois
1986 odontalgia Jon Pennington The Patriot News Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1987 staphylococci Stephanie Petit The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1988 elegiacal Rageshree Ramachandran The Sacramento Bee Sacramento, California
1989 spoliator Scott Isaacs Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1990 fibranne Amy Marie Dimak The Seattle Times Seattle, Washington
1991 antipyretic Joanne Lagatta Wisconsin State Journal Madison, Wisconsin
1992 lyceum Amanda Goad The Richmond News Leader Richmond, Virginia
1993 kamikaze Geoff Hooper The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee
1994 antediluvian Ned G. Andrews 1 The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
1995 xanthosis Justin Tyler Carroll The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee
1996 vivisepulture Wendy Guey The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach, Florida
1997 euonym Rebecca Sealfon New York Daily News New York, New York
1998 chiaroscurist Jody-Anne Maxwell Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers Kingston, Jamaica
1999 logorrhea Nupur Lala 1 The Tampa Tribune Tampa, Florida
2000 demarche George Abraham Thampy 1 5 St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri
2001 succedaneum Sean Conley Aitkin Independent Age Aitkin, Minnesota
2002 prospicience Pratyush Buddiga Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
2003 pococurante Sai R. Gunturi The Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas
2004 autochthonous David Scott Pilarski Tidmarsh South Bend Tribune South Bend, Indiana
2005 appoggiatura Anurag Kashyap San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego, California
2006 Ursprache Katharine "Kerry" Close Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spring Lake, New Jersey

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2 Jacques Bailly is now the pronouncer of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


3 Now Paige Kimble, director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


4 Blake Giddens is now a judge of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


5 George Thampy is now a staff member of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


References

  1. ^ Bruno, Debra. "Word Nerds: Superbright youngsters who vie to make the best-speller list", Chicago Sun Times, 2006-05-28. Retrieved on 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Champions and Their Winning Words". Scripps National web site. Retrieved on 2007-02-26.

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External links

Official website and related
  • Official website of the Scripps National Spelling Bee
  • 2007 Bee Week Registration and Preparation Guide
  • Rules for the 2007 Spelling Bee (.PDF)
  • Competition Schedule for 2007 Spelling Bee
  • List of spellers in the 2007 Spelling Bee (.PDF)
  • Prizes in the 2007 Spelling Bee
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Past competitions
  • Competition results
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  • Eighth-grader wins 2005 spelling bee
  • Profile of Anurag Kashyap, 2005 winner
Related media sites
  • Franklin Electronic Publishers: supporter the Scripps National Spelling Bee
  • Spellbound
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds

 
 

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