05/29/2014 04:10 pm ET Updated May 29, 2014

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


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 Spelling Bee will be named champion of obscure spelling.

Each year, hundreds of phenoms from around the nation travel to Washington, D.C., to spell out arcane words that most of us would never even attempt to utter, let alone spell. The program has gained a recent resurgence in attention over the last few years, thanks in part to spelling bee-themed films, and now a primetime spot on ESPN.

The National Spelling Bee’s history is chock-full of adorable, hilarious and cringe-worthy moments. Like when 13-year-old Kennyi Aouad couldn’t stop cracking up when he tried to spell the word "sardoodledom" in the 2009 competition. (Hey, we would too.)

Check out seven of our favorite moments in Bee history (below) which remind us why we love this challenge of wits so much.

Watch the Bee’s championship finals May 29 at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Spelling Bee Highlights