78th Scripps National Spelling Bee
|78th Scripps National Spelling Bee|
|Date||June 1–2, 2005|
|Location||Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington D.C.|
|Sponsor||San Diego Union-Tribune|
|Sponsor location||San Diego, California|
|No. of contestants||273|
|Preceded by||77th Scripps National Spelling Bee|
|Followed by||79th Scripps National Spelling Bee|
There were 273 spellers this year, 146 boys and 127 girls, ages 9 to 14. 51 survived until the final day of competition. Only 71 spellers made it successfully through the third round, and 20 more dropped out in the fourth round.
The first place prize was $30,000 and other non-cash prizes.