Get To Know The Competition

  1. 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.
  2. Bee Week 2015 marks the first visit to the nation’s capital for 103 spellers.
  3. Speller 28 Cameron Keith, of Longmont, Colorado, is the youngest speller in the competition at age 9. He celebrated his birthday in March.
  4. The spellers range in age from 9 to 15 years old, but more than 80% are between the ages of 12 and 14.
  5. Three spellers, speller 90, Vanya Shivashankar, speller 153, Jairam Hathwar, and speller 159, Srinath Mahankali, have siblings who have previously won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  1. 117 spellers speak more than one language.
  2. This year's group of competitors is 51% girls and 49% boys.
  3. Among this year's field, math is most frequently cited as a favorite subject.
  4. The spellers' favorite words include flibbertigibbet, onomatopoeia, schadenfreude, syzygy, tchotchke and triskaidekaphobia.
  5. Speller 179 Allison Brower, of Huntersville, North Carolina, is known for her enunciation and one day hopes to fill the shoes of Dr. Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer of the Bee.
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