37th Scripps National Spelling Bee

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37th Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Mayflower Hotel, site of the 37th National Spelling Bee
DateJune 3–4, 1964
LocationThe Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.[1]
WinnerWilliam Kerek
SponsorAkron Beacon Journal
Sponsor locationAkron, Ohio
Winning wordsycophant
No. of contestants70
PronouncerRichard R. Baker
Preceded by36th Scripps National Spelling Bee
Followed by38th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 37th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel, on June 3–4, 1964, sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company.

12-year-old 7th grader William Kerek, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal, won the competition by correctly spelling the word "sycophant".[2] 13-year-old 8th grader Robert Mathews of Columbus, Ohio took second place, and David Labell of Greensboro, North Carolina was third.[1][3]

70 contestants[4] participated in the competition, 43 of whom survived into the final day.[5]


  1. ^ a b Howard, Doyle (1 June 1964). SENC Spelling Bee Champ Arrives in Washington, Wilmington Star-News
  2. ^ "Champions and Their Winning Words". Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2015-02-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ (5 June 1964). Ohio Boy Wins Spelling Bee, Chicago Tribune
  4. ^ 1964 National Spelling Bee Competitors
  5. ^ (4 June 1964). Joyce Goes Out in Fifth Round, Wilmington Star-News