2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee

This year, 285 spellers will compete for the title of 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.

Competition Schedule

The Preliminaries Test 

Tuesday, May 24
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EDT

All spellers take the Preliminaries Test together in the Maryland Ballroom.

Preliminaries (Round Two)

Wednesday, May 25
8:00 – 11:45 a.m. EDT

Preliminaries (Round Three)

Wednesday, May 25
1:15 – 4:45 p.m. EDT


We are the nation\'s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.


For the Media

Location and Admission

The event takes place on the Independence Concourse (level 5-B) of the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street (10th and H Streets), N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C. The event is not open to the general public.

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