Media Credential Denied

Dear {{FIRST_NAME}},

Thank you for your interest in covering the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. We are unable to grant you media credentials for the competition and related events.

On Thursday, May 26, the Finals will be broadcast live on ESPN2 from 10:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. and the Finals (continued) will be broadcast live on ESPN from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Contest Rules

You may also download a PDF copy of the Contest Rules for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Rule 1: Eligibility

A speller qualifying for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee (the Bee) must meet these requirements:

(1)  The speller must not previously have been declared champion of the Bee.

Teacher Feature - Kristina Cooper

Behind every great student is a great teacher. These teachers make spelling and vocabulary fun. They serve as spelling coaches, moderators and judges, but more often than not, they are simply motivators who encourage the students to be the best they can be. In the "Teacher Feature," we celebrate the men and women who educate the youth of our country.

Teacher Feature - Amanda Hughes

Behind every great student is a great teacher. These teachers make spelling and vocabulary fun. They serve as spelling coaches, moderators and judges, but more often than not, they are simply motivators who encourage the students to be the best they can be. In the "Teacher Feature," we celebrate the men and women who educate the youth of our country.

Teacher Feature - Jason Tarshis

Behind every great student is a great teacher. These teachers make spelling and vocabulary fun. They serve as spelling coaches, moderators and judges, but more often than not, they are simply motivators who encourage the students to be the best they can be. In the "Teacher Feature," we celebrate the men and women who educate the youth of our country.