2012 will be a record-setting year for the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Posted on May 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM EDT
CINCINNATI, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee is the stage where international attention will shine on young spellers vying for the coveted title of champion.
That includes spellers such as Arvind Mahankali, the New York City seventh grader, who is returning to the nation's capital region for the third time after reaching the top ten in the past two Bees; and Lori Anne Madison, the second grader from Virginia, who has shattered the record as the youngest competitor in the history of the Bee at just six years old.
For the 85th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, the contestants are as exciting, diverse and complex as the words they will attempt to spell. In a competition where letters and words reign supreme, the numbers cannot be ignored. The program started with more than 11 million students participating in locally sponsored spelling bees in their home communities. Students advanced through district and regional levels to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Now 278 students will battle it out through the Preliminaries. Based on points earned during the first three rounds, the spellers who score higher than 228 other spellers will advance to the Semifinals. After a few more rounds, the number of spellers will dwindle down to a dozen or so who make it to the Championship Finals. From those many millions, only one will rise to the top as national champion.
For Rounds Two and Three of the Preliminaries, participants will have the opportunity to spell onstage on Wednesday, May 30. The spellers with the best results in the Preliminaries will qualify for the Semifinals on Thursday, May 31.
The 278 spellers represent all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe. Spellers also come from the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
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