The Bee's Purpose

Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.


A tradition 90 years in the making

Every year, students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. They progress from classroom to cafeteria, from auditorium to civic center, just as millions of other students have done before them.


Promoting literacy since 1925

The National Spelling Bee began in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Little did they know that 90 years later their literacy effort would reach 11 million students each year.

Zaila avant-garde

2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion

Zaila Avant-garde made history as the first Black American and first Louisiana speller to win the Bee. She went on to have some pretty buzzworthy opportunities throughout 2021, from walking the red carpet at the ESPYS to visiting NASA.

Meet the Champ

worker Bees

serving you from the Bee's hiveThe Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company from its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Meet the Bee Team


Where do we get the words?

For over 50 years, the Bee and Merriam-Webster have worked together to bring interesting, meaningful words to the best spellers across the country.


Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the official dictionary of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


The Scripps Cup

a guerdon fit for a champion

The Scripps Cup, the Bee's national championship trophy, was designed by Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio, and introduced in 2019. This grand award, inspired by the competition's history, embodies the ideals of the Bee.

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Have a question? Find an answer!

The Scripps National Spelling Bee works with teachers and students across the country. Learn more about what we do, and find answers to frequently asked questions.


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