Multiple Milestones Mark 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee
ABC to broadcast Championship Finals live in prime time
When Bee Week kicks off
Twitter is just one of the ways to keep up to date on the competition. Nationwide, viewers can tune into the Bee’s live broadcasts:
- ESPN360.com will air Round Three of the Preliminaries from
1:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. EDTon Wednesday, May 27.
- ESPN will broadcast the Semifinals
Thursday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. SportsCenter Anchor Chris McKendry will host the ESPN broadcast.
- The ABC Television Network will provide coverage of the championship rounds
Thursday, May 28, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeronwill host the ABC broadcast.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the culmination of months – and often years – of preparation. Thirty percent of the spellers have competed in the Bee previously or have family members who have competed in the Bee. All of the spellers have qualified to compete in the Bee by winning locally sponsored spelling bees in their home communities.
The first day of competition for the Bee begins
New this year, each speller will have the opportunity to spell onstage twice during the preliminaries on
Facts about the spellers:
- Spellers hail from across
the United Statesand from Europe, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, American Samoa, Ghana, South Korea, Canadaand New Zealand.
- English is not the first language of 33 spellers. In the homes of 168 spellers, languages other than English are spoken.
- Spellers speak more than 30 languages and dialects from Ukrainian to Arabic to Chinese.
- Spellers range in age from 9 to 15 years old; two-thirds are either 13 or 14 years old.
Additional information about the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee can be found online at www.spellingbee.com.
About the Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and 287 local spelling bee sponsors in
The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a diverse, 130-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers, local news and information Web sites, and licensing and syndication. The company’s portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 10 TV stations (six ABC affiliates, three NBC affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 14 markets and the
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