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Latest 81st Scripps National Spelling Bee Stories

2012-05-31 18:20:14

CINCINNATI, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old speller from San Diego, Calif., won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. Nandipati was named the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion in the 13th round after correctly spelling the word "guetapens," which is defined as "an ambush, snare, or trap." Nandipati represented U-T San Diego in San Diego, Calif., in this year's competition. She is an eighth grade student at Francis Parker School in San...

2012-05-29 14:20:53

CINCINNATI, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Signaling the most-dramatic development in spelling bee competition since the National Spelling Bee became a live, nationally televised celebration in 1994, The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) today outlined a vision for a new, international spelling bee that could be staged as soon as December 2013. The early-stage concept of the international competition features teams of three spellers from the participating countries, including the United...

2012-05-21 06:23:06

CINCINNATI, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee is the stage where international attention will shine on young spellers vying for the coveted title of champion. That includes spellers such as Arvind Mahankali, the New York City seventh grader, who is returning to the nation's capital region for the third time after reaching the top ten in the past two Bees; and Lori Anne Madison, the second grader from Virginia, who has shattered the record as the...

2011-06-03 00:14:00

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Penn., correctly spelled cymotrichous, a Greek-derived word meaning "wavy haired," to win the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. Sukanya, an eighth grade student at Abington Heights Middle School in Newton Ransom, Pennsylvania, represented the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in the competition. This was her third year competing in the national finals. Thirteen spellers took the...

2011-05-03 08:27:00

CINCINNATI, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, May 29, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will welcome 275 spelling champions and their families to the nation's capital region for Bee Week, a program of sightseeing and entertainment surrounding the 84th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Spelling champions hail from: the 50 U.S. states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Schools in Europe, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana,...

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2009-05-28 21:36:30

Kavya Shivashankar, a 13-year-old girl from Kansas, won The 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington Thursday. The eighth grader won the competition after correctly spelling the word Laodicean, which she was told means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics. Tim Rutter, 12, of Virginia, came in second. The word he was ousted for misspelling was Maecenas. Aishwarya Pastapur, 13, of Illinois, came in third place. She was eliminated after spelling the word menhir wrong. Dancing...

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2009-05-28 09:11:41

U.S. Olympic gymnast and current Dancing with the Stars champion Shawn Johnson is set to appear on The 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee, ABC announced. Johnson's former junior high school teacher, Mary Brooks, is the Bee's head judge, the network noted. The event, which is to take place in Washington, is slated to air on ABC Thursday night. DWTS host Tom Bergeron has signed on to preside over the Bee. Johnson is expected to join him at the broadcast desk at some point during the competition...