Scripps National Spelling Bee

May 28, 2014 by  

Scripps National Spelling Bee, A total of 281 contestants from across the world have arrived at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Maryland, for the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, most of whom are guaranteed to make their elders feel unintelligent by comparison as they spell some of the toughest words in the dictionary.

The two-day event starts with Wednesday’s preliminary rounds, but that just sets the stage for Thursday’s day-long events. The action starts Thursday with the semifinals and concludes later in the evening with the final rounds.

Kids ranging ages 8 to 15 will be competing in the nation’s biggest event for spellers, and with only 90 of the 281 making their first trip to the Bee, we might see a better competition than ever before.

Some even have family lineage to back them heading into the action, as the event’s official Twitter noted:

22 spellers have a sibling who previously competed in the Bee. Read about these spelling families: #SpellingBee

— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) May 25, 2014

A $30,000 cash prize is on the line for first place, but with ESPN broadcasting the finals and the world’s appreciation for the annual event growing, national notoriety also awaits whoever hoists the trophy.

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