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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a competition held annually in Washington, D.C. in the United States at the Grand Hyatt Hotel over a two day period at the end of May or beginning of June. The spelling bee competition began in 1925, and was organized by The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky until the Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company assumed sponsorship in 1941. The media conglomerate, now known as the E. W. Scripps Company, has continued to sponsor the competition to this date. The competition was canceled from 1943 to 1945 due to World War II. Every speller in the competition has previously participated in a local spelling bee, usually organized by a local newspaper.[1] Although the Bee is titled "National", spellers from Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have entered the competition. The competition has only been won by two people from outside the fifty U.S. states—the first time by a Puerto Rican in 1975, the second by a Jamaican in 1998.

The National Spelling Bee has been televised live in the United States since 1994 on ESPN, a Disney-owned cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming.[2] As of 2006, the ABC network, also owned by Disney, has broadcast the final rounds over a live two-hour timeslot.[2][3]

The National Spelling Bee is primarily an oral competition conducted in elimination rounds until only one speller remains. The first round consists of a 25-word written test, the remaining rounds are oral spelling tests. The competition has been declared a tie three times, in 1950, 1957 and 1962. As of 2009, forty-four champions have been girls, and forty-one have been boys.

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List of champions

Year Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes[4]
1925 gladiolus Frank Neuhauser Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, KY [5]
1926 cerise Pauline Bell Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
1927 luxuriance[A] Dean Lucas Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1928 albumen Betty Robinson South Bend Tribune South Bend, IN [6]
1929 asceticism[A] Virginia Hogan Omaha World-Herald Omaha, NE [7][8]
1930 fracas Helen Jensen Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA [9]
1931 foulard Ward Randall White Hall Register-Republican White Hall, IL [10]
1932 knack Dorothy Greenwalk Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA [9]
1933 torsion Alma Roach Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1934 deteriorating Sarah Wilson Portland Evening Express Portland, ME
1935 intelligible Clara Mohler Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1936 interning Jean Trowbridge Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA
1937 promiscuous Waneeta Beckley Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
1938 sanitarium Marian Richardson Louisville Times Louisville, KY
1939 canonical Elizabeth Ann Rice Worcester Telegram & Gazette Worcester, MA
1940 therapy Laurel Kuykendall The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN [9]
1941 initials Louis Edward Sissman Detroit News Detroit, MI [11]
1942 sacrilegious Richard Earnhart El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX
1946 semaphore John McKinney Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA [12]
1947 chlorophyll Mattie Lou Pollard Atlanta Journal Atlanta, GA [13]
1948 psychiatry Jean Chappelear Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH [14]
1949 dulcimer Kim Calvin Canton Repository Canton, OH
1950 meticulosity Diana Reynard[B] Cleveland Press Cleveland, OH [15]
1950 meticulosity Colquitt Dean[B] Atlanta Journal Atlanta, GA [15]
1951 insouciant Irving Belz Memphis Press Scimitar Memphis, TN
1952 vignette Doris Ann Hall Winston-Salem Journal Winston-Salem, NC [16]
1953 soubrette Elizabeth Hess Arizona Republic Phoenix, AZ
1954 transept William Cashore Norristown Times Herald Norristown, PA
1955 crustaceology Sandra Sloss St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, MO [17]
1956 condominium Melody Sachko Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, PA [18]
1957 schappe Dana Bennett[C] Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO [19]
1957 schappe Sandra Owen[C] Canton Repository Canton, OH [19]
1958 syllepsis Jolitta Schlehuber Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, KS
1959 catamaran Joel Montgomery Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO [20]
1960 eudaemonic Henry Feldman The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN [21]
1961 smaragdine John Capehart Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, OK [22][23]
1962 esquamulose Nettie Crawford[D] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX
1962 esquamulose Michael Day[D] St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, MO
1963 equipage Glen Van Slyke III The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN [21]
1964 sycophant William Kerek Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1965 eczema Michael Kerpan Jr. Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, OK [23]
1966 ratoon Robert A. Wake Houston Chronicle Houston, TX
1967 chihuahua Jennifer Reinke The Omaha World-Herald Omaha, NE
1968 abalone Robert L. Walters The Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, KS [24]
1969 interlocutory Susan Yoachum Dallas Morning News Dallas, TX
1970 croissant Libby Childress Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel Winston-Salem, NC [25]
1971 shalloon Jonathan Knisely Philadelphia Bulletin Philadelphia, PA [26]
1972 macerate Robin Kral Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock, TX [27]
1973 vouchsafe Barrie Trinkle[E] Fort Worth Press Fort Worth, TX [28]
1974 hydrophyte Julie Ann Junkin Birmingham Post-Herald Birmingham, AL
1975 incisor Hugh Tosteson San Juan Star San Juan, PR [29]
1976 narcolepsy Tim Kneale Syracuse Herald-Journal Syracuse, NY [30]
1977 cambist John Paola The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, PA
1978 deification Peg McCarthy The Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka, KS [31]
1979 maculature Katie Kerwin Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO [32]
1980 elucubrate Jacques Bailly[E] Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO [33]
1981 sarcophagus Paige Pipkin[E] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX [34]
1982 psoriasis Molly Dieveney Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO
1983 Purim Blake Giddens[E] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX [35]
1984 luge Daniel Greenblatt Loudoun Times-Mirror Leesburg, VA [36]
1985 milieu Balu Natarajan Chicago Tribune Chicago, IL [37]
1986 odontalgia Jon Pennington The Patriot News Harrisburg, PA [38][39]
1987 staphylococci Stephanie Petit The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, PA [40]
1988 elegiacal Rageshree Ramachandran The Sacramento Bee Sacramento, CA [41]
1989 spoliator Scott Isaacs Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO [42]
1990 fibranne Amy Marie Dimak The Seattle Times Seattle, WA [43]
1991 antipyretic Joanne Lagatta Wisconsin State Journal Madison, WI [44]
1992 lyceum Amanda Goad The Richmond News Leader Richmond, VA [45]
1993 kamikaze Geoff Hooper The Commercial Appeal Memphis, TN [46]
1994 antediluvian Ned G. Andrews The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN [21]
1995 xanthosis Justin Tyler Carroll The Commercial Appeal Memphis, TN [47]
1996 vivisepulture Wendy Guey The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach, FL [48]
1997 euonym Rebecca Sealfon New York Daily News New York, NY [49]
1998 chiaroscurist Jody-Anne Maxwell Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers Kingston, Jamaica [50][51]
1999 logorrhea Nupur Lala The Tampa Tribune Tampa, FL [52][53]
2000 demarche George Thampy[E] St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, MO [54]
2001 succedaneum Sean Conley Aitkin Independent Age Aitkin, MN [55]
2002 prospicience Pratyush Buddiga Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO [56]
2003 pococurante Sai R. Gunturi The Dallas Morning News Dallas, TX [57]
2004 autochthonous David Scott Pilarski Tidmarsh South Bend Tribune South Bend, IN
2005 appoggiatura Anurag Kashyap San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego, CA [58]
2006 ursprache Katharine Close Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spring Lake, NJ [59]
2007 serrefine Evan O'Dorney Contra Costa Times Walnut Creek, CA [60]
2008 guerdon Sameer Mishra Journal and Courier West Lafayette, IN [61]
2009 Laodicean Kavya Shivashankar The Olathe News Olathe, KS [62]

Notes

A  Although the Scripps National Spelling Bee website gives Dean Lucas's winning word as "luxuriance", and Virginia Hogan's winning word as "asceticism", two 1929 articles from Time Magazine and The New York Times credit Virginia Hogan as winning the 1929 Bee with "luxuriance", so it is possible Dean Lucas's winning word is "asceticism".[7][8]
B  Joint champions were announced after the contestants had exhausted the list of words.[15]
C  Joint champions were announced after Sandra Owen was knocked out of the competition by spelling "xylophagus" as "xylophagous", with the judges later realizing that it was an acceptable spelling variant (though she still spelled the winning word, "schappe" incorrectly as "schaup").[19]
D  Joint champions were announced.[4]
E  Barrie, Jacques, Paige, Blake, and George now serve as Scripps National Spelling Bee staff members.[28]

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Katharine "Kerry" Close (born August 13, 1992) was, at the age of 13, the winner of the 79th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (held from May 31 to June 1, 2006).[1] She correctly spelled the words "kundalini" and "Ursprache" (the winning word) to become the first female to win the spelling bee since 1999. She was also the first to win the title on a prime time telecast, when the final round was aired live on the ABC network. Close received more than $40,000 in prizes from the bee. At age 13, this was her fifth and final competition in the spelling bee.

Her parents are James and Paula Close. She is from Spring Lake, New Jersey and attended H. W. Mountz School.[2] Close is currently attending High Technology High School and will graduate in 2010.[3]

Close was a national finalist for every year from 2002 to 2006. She was one of few students to compete in the national bee every year in which they were eligible. In the 2005 Scripps competition, she tied for seventh place with Saryn Hooks, who placed third in 2006.[4] In 2004 she tied for 8th place, and in 2003 she tied for 16th.[5]

On June 5th, 2006, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine visited H. W. Mountz School to congratulate Close for winning the bee.[6]

On June 14th, 2006, Katharine took part in the inauguration of Princess Cruises's newest ship, Crown Princess. The theme of the festivities was to celebrate the "crowning achievements" of those who took part in the inauguration, including Close, Katharine McPhee, and Martha Stewart.[7]

Close was featured on the cover of New Jersey Monthly's September 2006 issue. She is one of five spellers featured in the book American Bee by James Maguire.[8]

On September 22, 2006, Katharine met President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House in Washington, D.C.[9]

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References

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  2. Superville, Darlene (2006-06-02). "13-Year-Old From New Jersey Wins National Spelling Bee: Katharine Close Is First Girl to Win Competition Since 1999". AOL (Associated Press). http://articles.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20060531190409990009&ncid=NWS00010000000001. Retrieved on 2006-06-23. 
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  4. "Jersey Girl Wins National Spelling Bee". ABC News. 2006-06-02. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2032230. Retrieved on 2006-06-20. 
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