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Scripps National Spelling B-E-E

Prior to The E.W. Scripps Spelling Bee Wednesday, June 1st at the National Harbor, 275 contestants took a written test that counted toward each speller's preliminary score. There were 138 boys and 137 girls who ranged in age from 8 to 15 from all over the world.


“This year at the Scripps National Spelling Bee we have 275 students competing and they come from all over the world. It’s not just a United States event but we draw spellers from Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea,” said  E.W. Scripps Communication’s Manager Lee Rose


In accordance with the Bee’s official rules: For each correct spelling offered by a speller in Rounds Two and Three, the speller earns three points that count toward his Preliminaries score.To reach the semi-finals this year one had to have at least 29 points to qualify. There were 41 semifinalists including Lusby, Maryland’s Surjo Bandyopadhyay, Columbia, Maryland’s Sam Osheroff, and Winchester Virginia’s Samuel Estep.


“I feel amazing and I feel accomplished. Last year when I came I didn’t get into the semi-finals but this year I did so I feel like I improved,” said Surjo Bandyopadhyay.


In the semifinal and final rounds, spellers are eliminated when they misspell a word. The champion will receive a $30,000 cash prize from Scripps, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond from Merriam-Webster, a $5,000 scholarship from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, $2,600 in reference works from Encyclopedia Britannica, an online course, and a Nook from K12 Inc. However, all spellers will receive gift cards or cash prizes, a $100 U.S. savings bond and Webster’s Third New International Dictionary on CD-ROM.

The semifinals Thursday will air from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN, and finals will air from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., also on ESPN.

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