Scripps National Spelling Bee Champions & Winners List Since 1925

A spelling bee is a competition which held annually in Washington D.C in the United States of America. Spelling Bee competition is a 2 day competition mostly happens at the end of May month or beginning of June month. Since 2011 this spelling bee competition taking place at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Spelling Bee competition is one of the most popular event in USA since 1925. After the success of spelling bee competition in USA many other countries also started their own similar event.

What is Spelling Bee Competition?

In simple words Spelling Bee competition is guessing the right spelling of any English word or words. In this spelling bee competition contestants being asked several broad selection of the words and they have to spell the right words. The words will be different and will have plenty of variety. This concept is originated from USA only.

Background of Spelling Bee Competition

The first ever Spelling Bee competition was started back in 1925 and was organized by The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. Late Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company took over the sponsorship in 1941. The media giant which now known as E.W. Scripps Company is still sponsoring this event after so many years. This Scripps Spelling Bee Competition only closed during 1943 to 1945 due to world war II. The competition is titled as national so, spellers from all around the world participated in this event so far. There has been only 2 winners from outside the USA so far. The first winner was from Puerto Rico in 1975 and the second winner was from Jamaica in 1998.

First time in the history of Scripps National Spelling Bee competition there is 8 winners. Yes, it happened in 2019 when National Spelling Bee competition has 8 winners and 7 out of them are Indian Americans. In 2019 it was 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee competition and first time ever there is more than 2 winners in the competition. Earlier it was happened but very numerous occasions.

2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition Winners

Ending Word Winner Sponsor Sponsor’s Location
auslaut Rishik Gandhasri Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee San Jose California
erysipelas Erin Howard Adventure Travel Huntsville, Alabama
bougainvillea Saketh Sundar Howard County Library Clarksville, Maryland
aiguillette Shruthika Padhy Rosa International Middle School Cherry Hill, New Jersey
pendeloque Sohum Sukhatankar Dallas Sports Commission Dallas, Texas
palama Abhijay Kodali Dallas Sports Commission Flower Mound, Texas
cernuous Christopher Serrao Discover Lehigh Valley Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
odylic Rohan Raja Dallas Sports Commission Irving, Texas

Scripps National Spelling Bee Champions & Winners List Since 1925

Edition Year Ending Word Winner Sponsor Sponsor’s Location
1st 1925 gladiolus Frank Neuhauser The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
2nd 1926 cerise Pauline Bell The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
3rd 1927 abrogate Dean Lucas Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
4th 1928 knack Betty Robinson South Bend News-Times South Bend, Indiana
5th 1929 luxuriance Virginia Hogan Omaha World-Herald Omaha, Nebraska
6th 1930 albumen Helen Jensen The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
7th 1931 foulard Ward Randall White Hall Register-Republican White Hall, Illinois
8th 1932 invulnerable Dorothy Greenwald The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
9th 1933 torsion Alma Roach Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
10th 1934 brethren Sarah Wilson Portland Evening Express Portland, Maine
11th 1935 intelligible Clara Mohler Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
12th 1936 eczema Jean Trowbridge The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
13th 1937 promiscuous Waneeta Beckley The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
14th 1938 sanitarium Marian Richardson The Louisville Times Louisville, Kentucky
15th 1939 canonical Elizabeth Ann Rice Telegram & Gazette Worcester, Massachusetts
16th 1940 therapy Laurel Kuykendall The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
17th 1941 initials Louis Edward Sissman The Detroit News Detroit, Michigan
18th 1942 sacrilegious Richard Earnhart El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
19th 1946 semaphore John McKinney The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
20th 1947 chlorophyll Mattie Lou Pollard Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia
21st 1948 psychiatry Jean Chappelear Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
22nd 1949 onerous Kim Calvin Canton Repository Canton, Ohio
23rd 1950 meticulosity Diana Reynard Cleveland Press Cleveland, Ohio
Colquitt Dean Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia
24th 1951 insouciant Irving Belz Memphis Press Scimitar Memphis, Tennessee
25th 1952 vignette Doris Ann Hall Winston-Salem Journal Winston-Salem, North Carolina
26th 1953 soubrette Elizabeth Hess Arizona Republic Phoenix, Arizona
27th 1954 transept William Cashore Norristown Times Herald Norristown, Pennsylvania
28th 1955 crustaceology Sandra Sloss St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, Missouri
29th 1956 condominium Melody Sachko Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30th 1957 schappe Dana Bennett Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
Sandra Owen Canton Repository Canton, Ohio
31st 1958 syllepsis Jolitta Schlehuber Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, Kansas
32nd 1959 catamaran Joel Montgomery Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
33rd 1960 eudaemonic Henry Feldman The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
34th 1961 smaragdine John Capehart Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma
35th 1962 esquamulose Nettie Crawford El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
Michael Day St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, Missouri
36th 1963 equipage Glen Van Slyke III The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
37th 1964 sycophant William Kerek Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
38th 1965 eczema Michael Kerpan Jr. Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma
39th 1966 ratoon Robert A. Wake Houston Chronicle Houston, Texas
40th 1967 chihuahua Jennifer Reinke The Omaha World-Herald Omaha, Nebraska
41st 1968 abalone Robert L. Walters The Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, Kansas
42nd 1969 interlocutory Susan Yoachum Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas
43rd 1970 croissant Libby Childress Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel Winston-Salem, North Carolina
44th 1971 shalloon Jonathan Knisely Philadelphia Bulletin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
45th 1972 macerate Robin Kral Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock, Texas
46th 1973 vouchsafe Barrie Trinkle Fort Worth Press Fort Worth, Texas
47th 1974 hydrophyte Julie Ann Junkin Birmingham Post-Herald Birmingham, Alabama
48th 1975 incisor Hugh Tosteson García San Juan Star San Juan, PR
49th 1976 narcolepsy Tim Kneale Syracuse Herald-Journal Syracuse, New York
50th 1977 cambist John Paola The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
51st 1978 deification Peg McCarthy The Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka, Kansas
52nd 1979 maculature Katie Kerwin Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
53rd 1980 elucubrate Jacques Bailly Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
54th 1981 sarcophagus Paige Pipkin El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
55th 1982 psoriasis Molly Dieveney Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
56th 1983 Purim Blake Giddens El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas
57th 1984 luge Daniel Greenblatt Loudoun Times-Mirror Leesburg, Virginia
58th 1985 milieu Balu Natarajan Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois
59th 1986 odontalgia Jon Pennington The Patriot News Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
60th 1987 staphylococci Stephanie Petit The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
61st 1988 elegiacal Rageshree Ramachandran The Sacramento Bee Sacramento, California
62nd 1989 spoliator Scott Isaacs Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
63rd 1990 fibranne Amy Marie Dimak The Seattle Times Seattle, Washington
64th 1991 antipyretic Joanne Lagatta Wisconsin State Journal Clintonville, Wisconsin
65th 1992 lyceum Amanda Goad The Richmond News Leader Richmond, Virginia
66th 1993 kamikaze Geoff Hooper The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee
67th 1994 antediluvian Ned G. Andrews The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee
68th 1995 xanthosis Justin Tyler Carroll The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee
69th 1996 vivisepulture Wendy Guey The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach, Florida
70th 1997 euonym Rebecca Sealfon New York Daily News New York City
71st 1998 chiaroscurist Jody-Anne Maxwell Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers Kingston, Jamaica
72nd 1999 logorrhea Nupur Lala The Tampa Tribune Tampa, Florida
73rd 2000 demarche George Thampy St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri
74th 2001 succedaneum Sean Conley Aitkin Independent Age Anoka, Minnesota
75th 2002 prospicience Pratyush Buddiga Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
76th 2003 pococurante Sai Gunturi Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas
77th 2004 autochthonous David Tidmarsh South Bend Tribune South Bend, Indiana
78th 2005 appoggiatura Anurag Kashyap San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego, California
79th 2006 Ursprache Kerry Close Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spring Lake, New Jersey
80th 2007 serrefine Evan O’Dorney Contra Costa Times Walnut Creek, California
81st 2008 guerdon Sameer Mishra Journal & Courier West Lafayette, Indiana
82nd 2009 Laodicean Kavya Shivashankar The Olathe News Olathe, Kansas
83rd 2010 stromuhr Anamika Veeramani The Plain Dealer Cleveland, Ohio
84th 2011 cymotrichous Sukanya Roy Times Leader Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
85th 2012 guetapens Snigdha Nandipati U-T San Diego San Diego, California
86th 2013 knaidel Arvind Mahankali New York Daily News New York City
87th 2014 stichomythia Sriram J. Hathwar Corning Rotary Club Corning, New York
feuilleton Ansun Sujoe Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas
88th 2015 scherenschnitte Vanya Shivashankar The Olathe News Olathe, Kansas
nunatak Gokul Venkatachalam St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri
89th 2016 Feldenkrais Jairam Hathwar Corning Rotary Club Corning, New York
gesellschaft Nihar Saireddy Janga Houston Public Media Austin, Texas
90th 2017 marocain Ananya Vinay The Fresno Bee Fresno, California
91st 2018 koinonia Karthik Nemmani Scoggins Middle School (RSVBee wild card) McKinney, Texas
92nd 2019 auslaut Rishik Gandhasri Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee San Jose California
erysipelas Erin Howard Adventure Travel Huntsville, Alabama
bougainvillea Saketh Sundar Howard County Library Clarksville, Maryland
aiguillette Shruthika Padhy Rosa International Middle School Cherry Hill, New Jersey
pendeloque Sohum Sukhatankar Dallas Sports Commission Dallas, Texas
palama Abhijay Kodali Dallas Sports Commission Flower Mound, Texas
cernuous Christopher Serrao Discover Lehigh Valley Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
odylic Rohan Raja Dallas Sports Commission Irving, Texas

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