Tell a story of American spirit and heritage.

More than 11 million students participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year. Their unique journeys and mutual determination make their stories worth sharing.

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If you are a member of the media seeking credentials to cover the Bee on Tuesday, May 29, Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, complete our online application.




Take part in a journey dating back ninety years.

Uncover their stories.

Give a voice to the heritage and history.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a tradition that began in 1925. Nine newspapers came together to promote literacy and encourage a love of reading. 

Nearly every student and their parents, teachers or sponsors have a story to share about a spelling bee. Whether it's the elation of advancing to the next level of competition or the anguish of defeat, the emotion and passion remain the same.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has won a place in American culture. We take great pride in this spot we've earned over the course of the past 90 years.

The Journey to D.C.

Interested in the history of the Bee? For our 90th year, we put together galleries of photos, statistics about our champions and a timeline of important events.

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