This year we'll welcome 285 spellers from the 50 U.S. states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.
Bee Week 2015 marks the first visit to the nation’s capital for 103 spellers.
Speller 28 Cameron Keith, of Longmont, Colorado, is the youngest speller in the competition at age 9. He celebrated his birthday in March.
The spellers range in age from 9 to 15 years old, but more than 80% are between the ages of 12 and 14.