Storrie Kulynych-Irvin Wins Inaugural Event in MD

In the first year for the Maryland Sports Spelling Bee, Storrie Kulynych-Irvin, a home-schooled student, outlasted 23 other students from five counties and Annapolis to win. Her championship word was "patel." She said her interest in spelling originated with the fun she had with spelling tests. Now, she's on her way to the national finals. 

Photo credit: Paul W. Gillespie, Capital Gazette

A Determined Mira Yu Returns for Boston Win

A misspelled word in 2017 was all the motivation Mira Yu, a seventh-grader at Boston Latin School, needed to study and prepare for this year's Boston Centers for Youth and Families citywide spelling bee. Her younger sister helped her study pronunciations and roots. Mira proudly hoisted the first-place trophy after spelling "cacophony" for the win. 

Photo credit: John Wilcox, Boston Herald


Calvin Alexander Gets a Second Try in DC

Calvin Alexander, a seventh grader from Caddo Middle Magnet in Shreveport, Louisiana, is the champion for the second consecutive year of the Northwest Louisiana regional spelling bee, sponsored by Louisiana State University and KTBS-TV. His winning word was “nectarivorous.” The competition involved 22 spellers from 28 regions, and it lasted 20 rounds.

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Thomas Gross III Wins in Dramatic Fashion

The 30th annual Links, Inc./The Times-Picayune Spelling Bee in New Orleans came down to an impressive and dramatic conclusion. Thomas Gross III of LaPLace Elementary won with "tritium" after 25 rounds of words just between the last two spellers. The appreciative crowd gasped in disbelief over the difficulty of some words during the 40-round competition.

Photo credit: Dinah L. Rogers,

Eleanor Gallagher Win Is Music to Her Ears

It was fitting for an eighth-grader from St. Patrick School in Terre Haute, Indiana, to win the Tribune-Star Wabash Valley Regional Spelling Bee on St. Patrick's Day. Eleanor Gallagher squared off with 23 other students from Wabash Valley elementary and middle schools before spelling the championship word for a musical instrument she recognized, "spinet." 

Photo credit: Joseph C. Garza, Tribune-Star

Joseph Moran Wins Again in Idaho

Joseph Moran, a sixth-grader from North Idaho Home Educators Association, won the 15th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee. Joseph is the returning champion for his region that includes 40 schools across North Idaho. The event lasted 26 rounds and Joseph won by correctly spelling "arachnid" and "surveillance." 

Photo credit: North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee

Nehem Felices Surprises Himself with PA Win

Nehem Felices, an eighth-grader at Landisville Middle School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was just trying to improve on his 2017 performance of third place. He was shocked and bewildered when he won the 60th Annual LNP Spelling Bee by correctly spelling "kiloton." He and his family are now making plans for the unexpected trip to the nation's capital. 

Photo credit: Suzette Wenger, Lancaster Online