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2011 champion Sukanya Roy
2011 champion Sukanya Roy

The first Scripps National Spelling Bee champion was Frank Neuhauser of Louisville, who beat eight other finalists to win the inaugural competition in 1925. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual spelling bee held in the United States. The competition was initially organized by The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, until the Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company (now the E. W. Scripps Company) assumed sponsorship in 1941. In both 1957 and 1962 joint champions were declared when both remaining contestants spelled the same word incorrectly. After three consecutive ties between 2014 and 2016, a written tiebreaker round was introduced, but it was discontinued for the 2019 Bee, which subsequently resulted in an unprecedented eight-way tie when the organizers ended the final session after the remaining contestants had completed five consecutive perfect rounds. (Full list...)

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Polystichum setiferum

Polystichum setiferum, also known as the soft shield-fern, is an evergreen or semi-evergreen fern native to southern and western Europe. The Latin specific epithet, setiferum, means 'with bristles'. The species is frequently cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens. This picture shows a new leaf of the P. setiferum cultivar 'Cristato Pinnulum', about 30 cm (12 in) in height.

Photograph credit: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma

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