Saluting Our Eighth Graders
In the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, we witnessed history, not only in the amazing feats of our Octochamps but in the caliber of all the competitors. This year, due to the unimaginable turn of events that necessitated our cancellation, some of these amazing spellers will not get the chance to celebrate their final year of spelling bee eligibility in the nation’s capital with us.
Our hearts go out to these eighth-grade spellers, their families and all of us who won’t get to witness the last chapter of their spelling bee journeys. We take solace in the knowledge that this mastery of the English language will be the foundation for the many achievements awaiting them in the future. These spellers will do great things, and we can’t wait to celebrate them along the way.