Scripps national spelling bee suspended
we hope to reschedule for later this year
Each year, the Bee welcomes hundreds of correspondents, photographers and video journalists from the D.C. area and around the world who tell inspiring stories of the Herculean efforts our champion spellers undertake. If you're a member of the media looking to cover the Bee in 2020, please stay updated as we focus our efforts to reschedule the national finals for later this year.
An important update about the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is suspending the 2020 national finals in National Harbor, Maryland. The Bee recognizes the important responsibility to take action that protects the health and well-being of its participants including the spellers, their families, the local sponsors, employees of The E.W. Scripps Company and others who support the event known as Bee Week. The executive order from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people until the termination of the state of emergency in Maryland as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscore the decision to suspend the national finals.
The suspension includes all in-person events and the live national broadcast the week of May 24. If possible, the Bee will work with local sponsors, spellers, convention partners and ESPN to reschedule the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee for later this year.
The world is navigating through uncertainty, and while the timing of the national finals is just outside the eight-week window recommended by the CDC, this is the safest and most responsible action. This was a difficult decision that unfortunately will disappoint students who have spent a great deal of time studying and preparing, along with their parents and teachers who have supported them. The focus now shifts to exploring all options to possibly reimagine a competition for later this year.
The Bee will keep local sponsors, spellers, parents and teachers informed in the coming days and weeks through direct emails, spellingbee.com and social media as it determines next steps in this unprecedented situation.
Read all about it
- National Spelling Bee Will Take Fewer 'Wild Card' Contestants — The New York Times, December 11, 2019
- Spelling Their Way to Success — The New York Times, September 10, 2019
- How the Octo-Champs of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Have Changed the Game — si.com, June 7, 2019
- See the New Scripps National Spelling Bee Trophy Designed by Rookwood Pottery — Cincinnati Enquirer, May 29, 2019
- Inside the Year's Most Thrilling Competition — shondaland.com, May 24, 2019
- The Spelling Bee Isn't Just About Memorization — Cheddar, May 28, 2019
- Scripps National Spelling Bee Suspends 2020 National Finals– March 20, 2020
- Scripps National Spelling Bee Launches Word Club App – January 8, 2019
- RSVBee Returns for 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee — December 10, 2019
- New 4,000 Word Study Resource — August 15, 2019
- Bee Declares Multiple Champions — May 31, 2019
- Record Number of Spellers — May 21, 2019
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