69th Scripps National Spelling Bee
|69th Scripps National Spelling Bee|
|Date||May 29–30, 1996|
|Location||Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.|
|Residence||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Sponsor||The Palm Beach Post|
|Sponsor location||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|No. of contestants||247|
|Preceded by||68th Scripps National Spelling Bee|
|Followed by||70th Scripps National Spelling Bee|
Twelve-year-old Wendy Guey, from West Palm Beach, Florida won the competition by correctly spelling the word "vivisepulture". 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".
There were 247 participants this year, 51% female, with about one-fourth coming from a private or parochial school, and 12 home-schoolers.
- Rose, Reta (May 1996). Scripps Howard national Spelling Bee Returns to the Nation's Capital, Scripps Howard News Service
- "Champions and Their Winning Words". Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2015-03-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Girl wins national spelling bee on fourth try
- Yeager, Holly (31 May 1996). S.F. 14-year-old trips over "rickettsial' in spelling bee, San Francisco Examiner.
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