69th Scripps National Spelling Bee

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69th Scripps National Spelling Bee
DateMay 29–30, 1996
LocationGrand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.
WinnerWendy Guey
ResidenceWest Palm Beach, Florida
SponsorThe Palm Beach Post
Sponsor locationWest Palm Beach, Florida
Winning wordvivisepulture
No. of contestants247[1]
PronouncerAlex Cameron
Preceded by68th Scripps National Spelling Bee
Followed by70th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 69th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held at Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. on May 29–30, 1996, sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company.

Twelve-year-old Wendy Guey, from West Palm Beach, Florida won the competition by correctly spelling the word "vivisepulture".[2][3] This was Guey's fourth bee, her previous best was fourth-place in the 1993 bee. Second place went to 13-year old Nikki Dowdy of Houston, Texas, who missed "cervicorn".[4]

There were 247 participants this year, 51% female, with about one-fourth coming from a private or parochial school, and 12 home-schoolers.[1]


  1. ^ a b Rose, Reta (May 1996). Scripps Howard national Spelling Bee Returns to the Nation's Capital, Scripps Howard News Service
  2. ^ "Champions and Their Winning Words". Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2015-03-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Girl wins national spelling bee on fourth try
  4. ^ Yeager, Holly (31 May 1996). S.F. 14-year-old trips over "rickettsial' in spelling bee, San Francisco Examiner.