The National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a nonprofit spelling competition held every year. The goal of the competition is foster education and expansion of vocabulary. It was founded in the year 1925 in Louisville, Kentucky. 2013's bee was the 86th, due to the fact that it was suspended during World War II. The spelling bee usually takes place after Memorial Day in Washington D.C. It is open to people of all genders and races, provided that they win their region's spelling bee and they are not over the age of 15. The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, or ESPN, televises the later rounds of the spelling bee.


The winner of the spelling bee receives a $30,000 cash prize as well as a large trophy from Scripps, the host, a $2,500 bond for saving, a $5,000 cash prize from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, and more prizes. The winner of the 2013 bee was Arvind Mahankali, from Bayside, New York, who correctly spelled the word “knaidel,” which is a type of German dumpling.


Example Words

Some words which appear on the spelling bee include “guetapens”, which means a trap or an ambush, “cymotrichous”, which means having wavy hair, and “stromuhr”, an instrument which measures the velocity of blood flow.



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