2019 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! The evening of May 30th, 2019, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center was fraught with excitement and nerves…just like any other Thursday evening during Scripps Bee Week. This is the night of the ESPN Primetime Finals. Paul Loeffler, color commentator for the bee on ESPN, remarked presciently as the evening finals got underway that he was unable to choose a favorite speller to win because the field was so deep. The daytime finals had lasted five…

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PREPARING FOR THE 2019 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE – THE ROUND 2 LIST

Photo credit: Mark Bowen

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee is quickly approaching for nearly 600 spellers. If you are one of these spellers, my highest congratulations to you! I hope you have celebrated your success appropriately...because a very daunting task looms ahead. Each year, every qualifying bee champion receives the Round 2 List: a list of 600 words to learn. One of these words will be your first oral round word (in Round 2), and another will be used as a vocabulary word in your written test (in Round 1). Both will be…

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2015 NATIONAL SPELLING BEE, DAY 3

During an ideal spelling bee, the absolute best speller is determined, and wins; luck comes into play as minimally as possible. This year, like last year, a single best speller could not be determined, but the best two spellers undoubtedly could. Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam, both seen as favorites this year, quickly rose to the top during the finals, and stayed there for the last ten rounds of the bee, answering each other with correct spellings fired like arrows that always hit the bullseye. Bouquetiere? No problem. Cypseline? Done.…

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