84th Scripps National Spelling Bee

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84th Scripps National Spelling Bee
Sukanya Roy, Champion of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee
DateMay 31 – June 2, 2011
LocationGaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
WinnerSukanya Roy
ResidenceSan Diego, California
SponsorTimes Leader
Sponsor locationWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Winning wordcymotrichous
No. of contestants275
PronouncerJacques Bailly
Preceded by83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee
Followed by85th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held from May 31 – June 2, 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland near Washington, D.C.. The champion was 14-year-old Sukanya Roy, who was the ninth Indian-American champion in the past thirteen competitions.


  • 275 spellers participated in this year's competition, representing the United States, American Samoa, the Bahamas, Canada, China,[1][2]
  • Two championship finalists from 2010 returned to participate in this Bee; Joanna Ye of Pennsylvania[3] and Laura Newcombe of Ontario, Canada.[4]
  • This year was the seventh time the champion has come from Pennsylvania.
  • This was the fourth year in a row than an Indian-American won the competition.
  • During the last rounds of the final five spellers, 20 words were spelled correctly. This is the equivalent of 4 full competition rounds with no incorrectly spelled words.
  • This year, the Bee also lasted approximately 3 full hours, 1.5 hours more than the originally scheduled length.[citation needed]
  • This was the first year that the Bee was held outside the city limits of Washington, D.C., moving from the Grand Hyatt Washington where it had been held for 15 years, to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.[5]

Top finishers[edit]

From left to right: Laura Newcombe, Dakota Jones, Arvind Mahankali and Joanna Ye.

Word list championship round[edit]


  1. ^ [hohhohohongbee.com/statistics Statistics], accessed 3 June 2011.
  2. ^ Bio for Ethan Ruggeri, accessed 3 June 2011.
  3. ^ Bio for Joanna Ye, accessed 3 June 2011.
  4. ^ Bio for Laura Newcombe, accessed 3 June 2011.
  5. ^ Griesemer, Becca Jane (31 May 2011). Spelling bee seeks new audience in new home, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
  6. ^ Championship Finalists, accessed 3 June 2011.
  7. ^ Words spelled by Sukanya Roy, accessed 3 June 2011.
  8. ^ Words spelled by Laura Newcombe, accessed 3 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Joanna Ye: Results". Scripps. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  10. ^ "Arvind Mahankali: Results". Scripps. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "Dakota Jones: Results". Scripps. Retrieved June 5, 2011.

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