In 1996 Jimmy McCarthy of St. Petersburg, Florida, became the first profoundly deaf speller to compete at the national level. He tied for 48th place in the field of 247 spellers.
Bee Week 2016 will take place May 22–May 27, 2016. The onstage rounds of competition take place May 25 and 26, 2016, in the Maryland Ballroom within the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
Admission to the onstage rounds of the 2016 Bee on May 25 and 26, 2016, are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visit www.spellingbee.com beginning May 1, 2016, for details about the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.