The 285 spellers who qualified for this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee ranged in age from 6 to 14 and were almost evenly divided among boys (144) and girls (141). They came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the Bahamas, Canada, Europe, Ghana, Guam, Jamaica, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The youngest speller made it through to the second
round, but was eliminated with the word "bacteriolytic" using an "a" instead of an "o". This year's competition ended in a tie between an 11 year old and a 13 year old. The final words spelled were "f
eldenkrais" and "gesellschaft".
Some of the final words from past competitions: