List of Scripps National Spelling Bee champions

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a competition held annually in Washington, D.C., in the United States at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center over a two-day period at the end of May or beginning of June. The spelling bee competition began in 1925, and was organized by The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, until the Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company assumed sponsorship in 1941. The media conglomerate, now known as the E. W. Scripps Company, has continued to sponsor the competition to this date. The competition was canceled from 1943 to 1945 due to World War II. Every speller in the competition has previously participated in a local spelling bee, usually organized by a local newspaper.[1] Although the competition is titled "National", spellers from Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have entered the competition. Only two people from outside the fifty U.S. states have won the competition  – the first from Puerto Rico in 1975, and the second from Jamaica in 1998.

The competition has been televised live in the U.S. since 1994 on ESPN, a Disney-owned cable-television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming.[2] Beginning in 2006, the ABC network, also owned by Disney, broadcast the final rounds during a live two-hour timeslot.[2][3] In 2011, the final rounds returned to ESPN because of a scheduling conflict with that year's NBA Finals. The competition is primarily an oral competition conducted in elimination rounds until only one speller remains. The first round consists of a 25-word written test, the remaining rounds are oral spelling tests. The competition has been declared a tie four times, in 1950, 1957, 1962 and 2014. As of 2014, 47 champions have been girls and 44 have been boys. (Starting in 2015 the Bee may do away with co-champions; the two survivors keep on spelling words in sudden-death rounds, until one misspells.)

Thirteen of the last seventeen winners (from 1999 to 2014), including eight in the last seven years, have been Indian Americans, reflecting the recent dominance of students of this community in this competition.[4] Indian Americans make up less than one percent of the U.S. population. Sriram J. Hathwar, from Corning, New York and Ansun Sujoe, from Fort Worth, Texas were the latest Indian Americans to win the competition. They were joint winners in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, the first since 1962.

List of champions[edit]

Year Competition-ending word ("winning word" unless otherwise indicated) Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes[5]
1925 gladiolus Frank Neuhauser The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky [6][7]
1926 cerise Pauline Bell The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky [8]
1927 abrogate
(or asceticism; sources vary)
Dean Lucas Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio [9][10]
1928 knack Betty Robinson South Bend Tribune South Bend, Indiana [11][12]
1929 asceticism
(or luxuriance; sources vary)[A]
Virginia Hogan Omaha World-Herald Omaha, Nebraska [13][14]
1930 albumen Helen Jensen The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa [15][16]
1931 foulard Ward Randall White Hall Register-Republican[17] White Hall, Illinois [18]
1932 invulnerable Dorothy Greenwald The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa [15][19]
1933 torsion Alma Roach Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1934 brethren Sarah Wilson Portland Evening Express Portland, Maine [20]
1935 interning Clara Mohler Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio [21][22]
1936 predilection Jean Trowbridge The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa [23]
1937 promiscuous Waneeta Beckley The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
1938 sanitarium Marian Richardson The Louisville Times Louisville, Kentucky
1939 canonical Elizabeth Ann Rice Telegram & Gazette Worcester, Massachusetts
1940 therapy Laurel Kuykendall The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee [15]
1941 initials Louis Edward Sissman The Detroit News Detroit, Michigan [24]
1942 sacrilegious Richard Earnhart El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
1946 semaphore John McKinney The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa [25]
1947 chlorophyll Mattie Lou Pollard Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia [26]
1948 psychiatry Jean Chappelear Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio [27]
1949 dulcimer Kim Calvin Canton Repository Canton, Ohio
1950 meticulosity Diana Reynard[B] Cleveland Press Cleveland, Ohio [28]
Colquitt Dean[B] Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia
1951 insouciant Irving Belz Memphis Press Scimitar Memphis, Tennessee
1952 vignette Doris Ann Hall Winston-Salem Journal Winston-Salem, North Carolina [29]
1953 soubrette Elizabeth Hess Arizona Republic Phoenix, Arizona
1954 transept William Cashore Norristown Times Herald Norristown, Pennsylvania
1955 crustaceology Sandra Sloss St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, Missouri [30]
1956 condominium Melody Sachko Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [31]
1957 schappe[C] Dana Bennett[C] Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [32]
Sandra Owen[C] Canton Repository Canton, Ohio
1958 syllepsis Jolitta Schlehuber Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, Kansas
1959 catamaran Joel Montgomery Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [33]
1960 eudaemonic Henry Feldman The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee [34]
1961 smaragdine John Capehart Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma [35][36]
1962 esquamulose[D] Nettie Crawford[D] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
Michael Day[D] St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, Missouri
1963 equipage Glen Van Slyke III The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee [34]
1964 sycophant William Kerek Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1965 eczema Michael Kerpan Jr. Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma [36]
1966 ratoon Robert A. Wake Houston Chronicle Houston, Texas
1967 chihuahua Jennifer Reinke The Omaha World-Herald Omaha, Nebraska
1968 abalone Robert L. Walters The Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, Kansas [37]
1969 interlocutory Susan Yoachum Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas
1970 croissant Libby Childress Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel Winston-Salem, North Carolina [38]
1971 shalloon Jonathan Knisely Philadelphia Bulletin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [39]
1972 macerate Robin Kral Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock, Texas [40]
1973 vouchsafe Barrie Trinkle[E][F] Fort Worth Press Fort Worth, Texas [41]
1974 hydrophyte Julie Ann Junkin Birmingham Post-Herald Birmingham, Alabama
1975 incisor Hugh Tosteson García San Juan Star San Juan, PR [42]
1976 narcolepsy Tim Kneale Syracuse Herald-Journal Syracuse, New York [43]
1977 cambist John Paola The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1978 deification Peg McCarthy The Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka, Kansas [44]
1979 maculature Katie Kerwin Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [45]
1980 elucubrate Jacques Bailly[E] Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [46]
1981 sarcophagus Paige Pipkin[E][F][G] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas [47]
1982 psoriasis Molly Dieveney Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1983 Purim Blake Giddens[E][G] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas [48]
1984 luge Daniel Greenblatt Loudoun Times-Mirror Leesburg, Virginia [49]
1985 milieu Balu Natarajan Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois [50]
1986 odontalgia Jon Pennington The Patriot News Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [51][52]
1987 staphylococci Stephanie Petit[G] The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [53]
1988 elegiacal Rageshree Ramachandran The Sacramento Bee Sacramento, California [54]
1989 spoliator Scott Isaacs[G] Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [55]
1990 fibranne Amy Marie Dimak The Seattle Times Seattle, Washington [56]
1991 antipyretic Joanne Lagatta Wisconsin State Journal Clintonville, Wisconsin [57][58]
1992 lyceum Amanda Goad The Richmond News Leader Richmond, Virginia [59]
1993 kamikaze Geoff Hooper[G] The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee [60]
1994 antediluvian Ned G. Andrews[G][H] The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee [34]
1995 xanthosis Justin Tyler Carroll The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee [61]
1996 vivisepulture Wendy Guey[G] The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach, Florida [62]
1997 euonym Rebecca Sealfon New York Daily News New York City, New York [63]
1998 chiaroscurist Jody-Anne Maxwell Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers Kingston, Jamaica [64][65]
1999 logorrhea Nupur Lala[G] The Tampa Tribune Tampa, Florida [66][67]
2000 demarche George Thampy[E][G] St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri [68]
2001 succedaneum Sean Conley Aitkin Independent Age Aitkin, Minnesota [69]
2002 prospicience Pratyush Buddiga Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [70]
2003 pococurante Sai Gunturi Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas [71]
2004 autochthonous David Tidmarsh South Bend Tribune South Bend, Indiana [72]
2005 appoggiatura Anurag Kashyap San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego, California [73]
2006 Ursprache Kerry Close Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spring Lake, New Jersey [74]
2007 serrefine Evan O'Dorney Contra Costa Times Walnut Creek, California [75]
2008 guerdon Sameer Mishra Journal & Courier West Lafayette, Indiana [76]
2009 Laodicean Kavya Shivashankar The Olathe News Olathe, Kansas [77]
2010 stromuhr Anamika Veeramani The Plain Dealer Cleveland, Ohio [78]
2011 cymotrichous Sukanya Roy Times Leader Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania [79]
2012 guetapens Snigdha Nandipati U-T San Diego San Diego, California [80]
2013 knaidel Arvind Mahankali New York Daily News New York, New York [81]
2014 stichomythia Sriram J. Hathwar[I] Corning Rotary Club Corning, New York [82]
feuilleton Ansun Sujoe[I] Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas

Notes[edit]

A Although the Scripps National Spelling Bee website lists Dean Lucas's winning word as "luxuriance" and Virginia Hogan's winning word as "asceticism", two 1929 articles, one from Time magazine and the other from The New York Times, credit Hogan as winning the 1929 Bee with "luxuriance". And a 1927 source from theMilwaukee Sentinel cites "abrogate" as the winner that year.[13][14]
B Joint champions were announced after the contestants had exhausted the list of words.[28]
C Joint champions were announced after Sandra Owen was knocked out of the competition by spelling "xylophagus" as "xylophagous", with the judges later realizing that it was an acceptable spelling variant (though she still spelled the competition-ending word, "schappe," incorrectly as "schaup").[32]
D Joint champions were announced when both remaining contestants misspelled "esquamulose."[5]
E Trinkle, Bailly, Pipkin (married surname Kimble), Giddens, and Thampy are current or former Scripps National Spelling Bee officials.[41]
F Trinkle and Pipkin (married surname Kimble) are co-authors (with Carolyn Andrews) of How to Spell Like a Champ: Roots, Lists, Rules, Games, Tricks, & Bee-Winning Tips from the Pros (ISBN 978-0761143697, ISBN 0761143696).
G Pipkin (married surname Kimble), Giddens, Petit, Isaacs, Hooper, Andrews, Guey (married surname Lai), Lala, and Thampy are current or former members of the Scripps National Spelling Bee's support staff.[41]
H Andrews is the author of A Champion's Guide to Success in Spelling Bees: Fundamentals of Spelling Bee Competition and Preparation (ISBN 978-1463689087, ISBN 1-4636-8908-X).
I Joint champions were announced after the contestants had exhausted the list of words.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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