Teacher Feature - Amber Hughes

Behind every great student is a great teacher. These teachers make learning fun by thinking outside the box and creating classroom experiences that resonate with their students. They serve many roles in their schools, as spelling coaches, school bee coordinators and judges; more often than not, they are motivators who encourage their students to be the best they can be. In the “Teacher Feature,” we celebrate these educators and their commitment to their students' education.

Scripps National Spelling Bee Announces Kindle as New Presenting Sponsor


CINCINNATI – The Scripps National Spelling Bee has solidified an agreement with Kindle as the presenting sponsor of the nation's largest and longest-running educational program. The sponsorship brings together two internationally recognized brands that share in the belief that reading is critically important to a child’s lifelong achievement.

Teacher Feature - Jennifer Lee

Behind every great student is a great teacher. These teachers make learning fun by thinking outside the box and creating classroom experiences that resonate with their students. They serve many roles in their schools, as spelling coaches, school bee coordinators and judges; more often than not, they are motivators who encourage their students to be the best they can be. In the “Teacher Feature,” we celebrate these educators and their commitment to their students' education.

Champion Checklist - Bee Week Travel Information

Plan Your Trip to Washington, D.C.

You will want to coordinate with your sponsor as soon as possible to book your travel to Bee Week. We have included information below that will help you reserve your room at the Gaylord National Resort, book discounted airfare and get a better feel for the Washington, D.C. area.

Arrival and Departure Dates

We recommend that spellers and their families arrive on Sunday, May 22, and depart on Saturday, May 28.

Order additional tickets to Bee Week events

Bee Week Events

Bee Week consists of many events for spellers and their family members that take place outside of the competition. Beginning on Sunday afternoon with the Spellebrity Welcome and ending on Friday evening with the Farewell Party, Bee Week is full of unforgettable experiences!

Each speller receives two free tickets to the following events:

Champion Checklist - Use Our Study Resources

Study Resources

We want you to be as prepared as possible for the national competition in Washington, D.C. When you won your final local bee, you should have received your own copy of Webster's Third New International Dictionary and its addenda section, copyright 2002, from your sponsor. This is the Bee's official dictionary, and every word from the competition will come from Webster's Third. This dictionary should be an invaluable resource to you as you prepare for the Bee.

Champion Checklist - Take the Preliminaries Sample Test

Take the Sample Test

On Tuesday of Bee Week, you will take the Preliminaries Test in the Maryland Ballroom with your fellow spellers. To prepare you for this first part of the national competition, we have put together a sample test to help you become familiar with the test format. We have designed this Sample Test so that you can print out the forms and practice until you feel comfortable with the format. Listen to the sound file and practice as many times as you need!