by inspiring the exploration of words, the Scripps National Spelling Bee illuminates pathways to lifelong curiosity, celebrates academic achievement and enriches communities.
history of the bee
a tradition 90 years in the making
Every year, students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. They progress from classroom to cafeteria, from auditorium to civic center, just as millions of other students have done before them.
promoting literacy since 1925
The National Spelling Bee began in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Little did they know that more than 90 years later their literacy effort would reach 11 million students each year.
2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion!
Harini Logan was the first Champion to win the Bee via the Spell-off. After winning with an impressive 22 words spelled correctly in 90 seconds, she began a whirlwind victory tour that included stops at the White House, Nasdaq and more.
serving you from the Bee's hive
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company from its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.
where do we get the words?
For over 50 years, the Bee and Merriam-Webster have worked together to bring interesting, meaningful words to the best spellers across the country.
Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the official dictionary of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
a guerdon fit for a champion
The Scripps Cup, the Bee's national championship trophy, was designed by Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio, and introduced in 2019. This grand award, inspired by the competition's history, embodies the ideals of the Bee.
let us help you find the answers!
The Scripps National Spelling Bee works with educators and students across the country. Learn more about what we do and find answers to frequently asked questions.