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Scripps National Spelling Bee

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...

There's No T-I-E in a Spelling Bee

Greg Schwem | Posted 06.04.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

I have never been a fan of rewriting the rule book when it comes to sports. I wept a little on April 6, 1973 when New York Yankees first basement Ron ...

WATCH: Spelling Bee Contestant Has Spectacular Reaction To Wrong Answer

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.30.2014 | Sports

Sorry, Jacob Williamson, but that answer is incorrect. After the 15-year-old contestant was given the word "kabaragoya" during the 10th round of th...

Historic Finish To Scripps Spelling Bee

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 07.29.2014 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — When the confetti flew, the two boys stood in the center of the stage and shook hands. They held up the trophy together. Both ...

7 Reasons Why We L-O-V-E The National Spelling Bee

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.29.2014 | Sports

Who will be crowned the new Queen (or King) Bee? On May 29, one of this year’s 281 young competitors in the 86th annual Scripps’ National Spell...

46 Contestants Advance To National Spelling Bee Semi-finals

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 07.28.2014 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Forget the spelling. Victoria Allen was looking for a punch line. "I only want a sentence if it's funny," the 14-year-old fro...

Spelling Community (Or Kehila And The Bee)

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

What makes a community is a constant recognition of how each individual acts in accord with an investment in the success of our endeavors, the valuing of our principles and, most importantly, the wellbeing of each other, whether in the national spectacle of spelling prowess or in the communities to which we belong.

Weeklings!: Play the Gay Spelling Bee (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

In this edition of Weeklings!, I test your gay spelling credibility with seven words related to pop culture, gayness, reality TV and gay iconography. Can you spell these words? No lie: They're pretty tough.

Jewish Word Wins Spelling Bee, But 'Princesses' TV Show Will Offend

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

While some might think that the winning word of the Scripps National Spelling Bee being the familiar Yiddish word for what we Jews put in our chicken soup signaled the end of offensive Jewish stereotypes, think again. A new reality TV show is about to send us back several generations.

A Dumpling Won The Spelling Bee (Sort Of)!

Posted 05.31.2013 | Taste

Does it sound like a matzoh ball? That's because it is!

PHOTOS: 40 Adorable Moments From The 2013 Spelling Bee

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 05.31.2013 | Sports

With confetti falling all around him, Arvind Mahankali hardly cracked a smile. After coming close in three previous trips to Scripps National Spelling...

Knaidel And 13 Other Notable Words From The National Spelling Bee

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 07.31.2013 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. — A look at some unusual, difficult or otherwise noteworthy words from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. _ KNAIDEL –...

10 Unusual Words From The National Spelling Bee

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 07.30.2013 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. -- A look at some unusual, difficult or otherwise noteworthy words from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. _ MELOCOTON - a peac...

PHOTOS: Spelling Bee Down To 11 Finalists

AP | BEN NUCKOLS and JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 05.30.2013 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. -- A spelling bee week that began with curiosity and angst over a new vocabulary test was set to end the familiar way – with bright k...

'Spellbound' Star Reflects On '99 Bee win

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 05.30.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- Of the 85 kids who have won the National Spelling Bee, only one became an instant movie star. For the millions who watched back in 1999...

Spelling Bee Semifinals, Finals Set For Thursday

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Sports

By Ian Simpson OXON HILL, Maryland, May 30 (Reuters) - One of 42 remaining young contestants who coped with nerves and words like "st...

Siblings Aim To Make Spelling Bee History

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 07.29.2013 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. — She looks like her sister. She spells like her sister, tracing the letters on her palm as she calls out the letters. Her goal i...

Sneak Peek At Scripps' Vocabulary Test

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 05.30.2013 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. -- Hello. I'm Speller No. 282. And I'm not going to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But thanks to the new vocabulary test, I mi...

PHOTOS: 2013 Spelling Bee Begins With 1st-Ever Vocabular Test

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 05.30.2013 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. -- Jae Canetti said he screamed "No!" when he learned the National Spelling Bee would be introducing a vocabulary test. He started chan...

National Spelling Bee Quiz: How Would You Do?

AP | Posted 04.09.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON — Organizers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday announced a major change to the format, adding multiple-choice vocabulary te...

Major Change Coming For Spelling Bee

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 06.09.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON — What does it all mean? That's the question facing spelling whizzes across the country, who learned Tuesday that they will have to ...

Spelling Bee's New Challenge

AP | Joseph White | Posted 04.09.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON — Ever wonder if those spelling bee kids know the meanings of some of those big words? Now they'll have to prove that they do. Organiz...

How One Dad Turned His Daughter Into The National Spelling Bee Champion

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 08.01.2012 | Parents

OXON HILL, Md. -- The story of this spelling bee champion begins in the car, on the daily commute to kindergarten with father at the wheel. "He'd ask...

National Spelling Bee Down To 9 Finalists

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 07.31.2012 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. -- Nine spellers are bringing their brains and competitive fire to the final round of the National Spelling Bee. The field was cut f...

Youngest Speller In Spelling Bee History Disappointed With Mistake

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 07.31.2012 | Sports

OXON HILL, Md. — The youngest speller in National Spelling Bee history said Thursday that she knew the word she misspelled during the competitio...