Kelis Got a Hilarious Shoutout at the National Spelling Bee

Not gonna lie: when I think of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, neither Kelis nor her songs ever cross my mind. But all that has changed now. When Sriram Hathwar was asked to spell "Feijoada," (which I learned was a Brazilian stew-type dish) he asked for the word to be used in a sentence. Pretty typical. But… » 5/31/14 6:15pm 5/31/14 6:15pm

Queens-Based Spelling Wunderkind Has One Last Shot at the National Bee

Arvind Mahankali was barely five years old when he first set out to win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, though of course, it took him about four years to actually make it there. Arvind first competed in the competition at the age of nine (he was eliminated on the word "Presa") and has returned every year since,… » 3/22/13 12:10pm 3/22/13 12:10pm

14-Year-Old Spelling Bee Champion Is Your New Role Model

Aspiring competitive spellers, take note: this AP story on 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati, the year's Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, is simply awesome. Here are some tips on how to take home one of the nerdiest trophies ever (and we mean "nerdiest" in a totally envious, very good way, obviously): » 6/01/12 11:10am 6/01/12 11:10am

6-Year-Old Girl Preps for Scripps Spelling Bee Debut as Youngest…

At only six-years-old, Virginia girl Lori Anne Madison has become the youngest person to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in its entire 87-year history. Madison began reading at the age of two and has been taught at home by her professor mother since being told that she was too "advanced to attend" her… » 5/29/12 10:50am 5/29/12 10:50am

Hairy Word Ends This Year's National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ran late tonight when the last five contestants spelled 21 consecutive words without a miss. Finally, each botched a word, leaving only 14-year-old Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania. Roy took home $40,000 in cash and prizes after correctly spelling cymotrichous,… » 6/02/11 11:51pm 6/02/11 11:51pm