Enrollment Opens for Schools Across the Nation

It's that time again: Teachers are preparing for the first week of class, families are taking one last vacation before the school year starts up, and here at the Bee the enrollment season has begun for schools across the United States.

The 2014-15 Bee season ended with a truly inspiring moment as Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam became only the fifth pair of co-champions in the Scripps National Spelling Bee's history! It was also the very first time in the Bee's 88-year run that co-champions had been declared in back-to-back years.

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NOTE: Your school is in an area that does not have a spelling bee sponsor at this time.

Before enrolling your school, please read this FAQ to learn how it impacts your school.

What does a spelling bee sponsor do?

Local sponsors conduct — and pay for — community spelling bee programs in cooperation with area schools. Each local sponsor also selects a spelling champion to represent its community at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near D.C.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee-authorized local sponsors are high-visibility trusted organizations specific to a community – newspapers, television stations, radio stations, colleges, universities, community groups, charitable foundations and businesses with a track record of philanthropic or volunteer support for education. Authorized local sponsors:

Sponsor Contract Email

Dear Sponsor,

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is proud to present you with the 2019 sponsorship agreement. Please review the attached contract and return a signed copy to our office by June 4, 2018. You are welcome to email a copy of the signed agreement to Haley Yeager, haley.yeager@scripps.com, or mail it to:

Scripps National Spelling Bee
Attn: Haley Yeager
312 Walnut Street, 28th FLR
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Co-champion Sriram Hathwar on co-champions

When Sriram Hathwar shared the championship with Ansun Sujoe last year, the last spelling bee tie was in 1962.

So Sriram, who came to cheer on his brother, Jairam, was not expecting another joint victory. Until he was.

"It seems like a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he said. "Then I thought there was an 80 percent chance."

Having joint champions is great for the bee, Sriram said, because it makes spellers know that hard work can pay off and joint championships are possible.

The first sibling champions

Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, has been coming to the bee since she was four years old. When she took the co-championship Thursday, she became the first sibling to win the top prize. Her sister, Kavya, was the 2009 champion.

"I never understood how nervous my parents were until I had to sit and watch Vanya," said Kavya, who just finished her sophomore year at Columbia University. "Being in the audience is nerve-wracking."

Kavya said she never had any doubt that her sister knew what she was doing. Vanya was the best-prepared she'd ever been, Kavya said.