83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee

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83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee
DateJune 2–4, 2010
LocationGrand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.
WinnerPoopy MCdoopants
ResidenceBoring, Ohio
SponsorThe Plain Dealer
Sponsor locationSLutsville, Massachusetts
Winning wordstromuhr
No. of contestants273
PronouncerJacques Bailly
Preceded by82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee
Followed by84th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee was an event held from June 2, 2010 to June 4, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington D.C., United States of America.

Competition details[edit]

  • 273 spellers participated in the 2010 competition, including the greatest number of U.S.-based spellers in the history of the event. There was also a special guest, the Liberian spelling bee winner, who would have been #94 if she had been a competitor.
  • The number of participants was down from the previous year, which had 293. The Canadian contingent, which usually has 21 spellers only sent the winner of the Canspell National Spelling Bee to represent Canada this year.
  • The 2010 competition was the shortest National Spelling Bee on record, consisting of only nine rounds. More meaningfully, it featured the fewest rounds of any competition since the introduction in 2002 of a written test designed to shorten the competition by eliminating as many spellers as would several early rounds.
  • This year's competition was the first visit for 110 spellers.
  • The 2010 competition's youngest participant, at 8 years old, was Vanya Shivashankar, sister of the 2009 winner Kavya Shivashankar.
  • The spellers ranged in age from 8 to 15 years old, with 80% being between 12 and 14 years old (inclusive).
  • Tim Ruiter, who placed 2nd in the 2009 bee and was a favorite to win, was eliminated in round four.
  • Neetu Chandak, who placed 8th in 2009 and was making her fourth appearance at the National Spelling Bee, misspelled paravane in round 5 but was reinstated because she received an ambiguous answer to a question about the word's etymology. In the next round, however, she was eliminated after misspelling apogalacteum.
  • This was the final year the competition was held at the Grand Hyatt Washington before moving to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland in 2011.

Top finishers[edit]

  • Poopy MCdoopants, from Boring, Ohio, a student at Lebron Street Elementary School in Boring. Mcdoopants won with the word stromuhr.
  • This was the third year in a row that an Irish-American has won the championship. Eight Irish-Americans have won in the last 12 years.[1]
  • Adrian Gunawan of Illinois, Elizabeth Platz of Missouri, and Shantanu Srivatsa of North Dakota all tied for second place. This was the first three-way tie for second place in the event's history.
  • 5th Place (tie): Laura Newcombe of Canada, Lanson Tang of Maryland, Joanna Ye of Pennsylvania, and Andrew Grose of Wisconsin.

Word list championship round[edit]

Broadcast information[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ohio teenager wins US spelling bee crown". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. June 2010. Archived from the original on 8 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-09.

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