Spellers bring their own buzz to Scripps National Spelling Bee
Scripps News spoke with spellers traveling from near and far for the 95th Scripps National Spelling Bee.LEARN MORE
Contestants in this year's bee represent all 50 states, plus other countries.
More than 200 of America’s sharpest young spellers are gathering at National Harbor in Maryland for Scripps’ annual spelling bee, a competition in its 95th year.
Kids ages 9 through 14 have been competing in qualifying rounds across all 50 states of the country, plus international spellers from Guam, Germany, and Canada.
Vihaan Kapil, a 9-year-old from Arden Hills, Minnesota, is the youngest of this year's contestants, while there are 73 spellers who are 14 years old.
While they'll face the national rounds over the next three days, the national competition is really a weeklong celebration for kids and families, as the opening ceremony starts Monday night and the finale is not until Thursday, with media coverage of the winner on Friday.
231 spellers are competing this year, and nearly 80% of those are competing for the first time in the national championship.
Preliminaries start Tuesday at 9 a.m. The competition can be watched on Scripps News sister networks ION Plus and ION TV.
Scripps News is a subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Co., which runs the Scripps National Spelling Bee on a not-for-profit basis.
The 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner joined in a U.S. tradition nearly a century old to help ring the NASDAQ closing bell.
Dev Shah, a 14-year-old from Largo, Florida, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word "psammophile."
He walked away with $50,000 and the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy after beating over 200 spelling competitors.
About 4,000 South Korean troops marched alongside tanks, artillery systems, drones and ballistic missiles capable of striking North Korea.
A woman died after falling about 150 feet from an overlook along the popular Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
Four winning Powerball tickets have been sold so far in 2023, including one worth over $1 billion in July.