About the Spelling Bee
The Spelling Bee is a live spelling competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell English words. The objective is to improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts & develop correct English usage. The National Spelling Bee is a great American tradition begun in 1925 in Washington DC. It is the nation's largest and longest-running educational program, and a national obsession.
Nine students participated in the first national finals. Today over a million students participate in the Bee from all 50 states to secure a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held annually in Washington DC. So electric is the drama that millions tune in to watch the live primetime telecast on ESPN & ABC.
The President of the United States invites the Winner of the Spelling Bee Championship to the White House- an 85 year old tradition. The contest has extended beyond the United States to American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
Today, modified versions are replicated in the United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia & India.