National Spelling Bee Canceled For First Time Since 1945

For the first time since 1945, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been canceled due to the pandemic.

The cancelation, unfortunately, means that eighth-graders will miss their final opportunity to compete in the spelling bee. Organizers said they’ll find a way to honor the 150 contestants that won their regional titles for a chance to compete in the nationals. The competition, which first began in 1925, was canceled between 1943-1945 due to World War II.

Can you spell well? Did you ever compete in a spelling bee? Which word took you out if you didn’t win?


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