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List of Scripps National Spelling Bee champions

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a competition held annually in Washington, D.C. in the United States at the Grand Hyatt Hotel over a two day period at the end of May or beginning of June. The spelling bee competition began in 1925, and was organized by The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky until the Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company assumed sponsorship in 1941. The media conglomerate, now known as the E. W. Scripps Company, has continued to sponsor the competition to this date. The competition was canceled from 1943 to 1945 due to World War II. Every speller in the competition has previously participated in a local spelling bee, usually organized by a local newspaper. Although the Bee is titled "National", spellers from Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have entered the competition. The competition has only been won by two people from outside the fifty U.S. states—the first time by a Puerto Rican in 1975, the second by a Jamaican in 1998.

The National Spelling Bee has been televised live in the United States since 1994 on ESPN, a Disney owned cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming. As of 2006, ABC, also owned by Disney, has broadcast the final rounds over a live two-hour timeslot.

The National Spelling Bee is primarily an oral competition conducted in elimination rounds until only one speller remains. The first round consists of a 25-word written test, the remaining rounds are oral spelling tests. The competition has been declared a tie three times, in 1950, 1957 and 1962. As of 2008, forty-three champions have been girls, and forty-one have been boys.

List of champions

1925–1929

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1925 gladiolus Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
1926 abrogate Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
1927 luxuriance Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1928 albumen South Bend Tribune South Bend, IN
1929 asceticism Omaha World-Herald Omaha, NE

1930–1939

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1930 fracas Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA
1931 foulard White Hall Register-Republican White Hall, IL
1932 knack Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA
1933 torsion Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1934 deteriorating Portland Evening Express Portland, ME
1935 intelligible Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1936 interning Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA
1937 promiscuous Louisville Courier-Journal Louisville, KY
1938 sanitarium Louisville Times Louisville, KY
1939 canonical Worcester Telegram & Gazette Worcester, MA

1940–1949

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1940 therapy The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN
1941 initials Detroit News Detroit, MI
1942 sacrilegious El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX
1946 semaphore Des Moines Register & Tribune Des Moines, IA
1947 chlorophyll Atlanta Journal Atlanta, GA
1948 psychiatry Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1949 dulcimer Canton Repository Canton, OH

1950–1959

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1950 meticulosity Cleveland Press Cleveland, OH
1950 meticulosity Atlanta Journal Atlanta, GA
1951 insouciant Memphis Press Scimitar Memphis, TN
1952 vignette Winston-Salem Journal Winston-Salem, NC
1953 soubrette Arizona Republic Phoenix, AZ
1954 transept Norristown Times Herald Norristown, PA
1955 crustaceology St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, MO
1956 condominium Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, PA
1957 schappe Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO
1957 schappe Canton Repository Canton, OH
1958 syllepsis Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, KS
1959 catamaran Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO

1960–1969

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1960 eudaemonic The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN
1961 smaragdine Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, OK
1962 esquamulose El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX
1962 esquamulose St. Louis Globe-Democrat St. Louis, MO
1963 equipage The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN
1964 sycophant Akron Beacon Journal Akron, OH
1965 eczema Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, OK
1966 ratoon Houston Chronicle Houston, TX
1967 chihuahua The Omaha World-Herald Omaha, NE
1968 abalone The Topeka Daily Capital Topeka, KS
1969 interlocutory Dallas Morning News Dallas, TX

1970–1979

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1970 croissant Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel Winston-Salem, NC
1971 shalloon Philadelphia Bulletin Philadelphia, PA
1972 macerate Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock, TX
1973 vouchsafe Fort Worth Press Fort Worth, TX
1974 hydrophyte Birmingham Post-Herald Birmingham, AL
1975 incisor San Juan Star San Juan, PR
1976 narcolepsy Syracuse Herald-Journal Syracuse, NY
1977 cambist The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, PA
1978 deification The Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka, KS
1979 maculature Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO

1980–1989

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1980 elucubrate Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO
1981 sarcophagus El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX
1982 psoriasis Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO
1983 Purim El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, TX
1984 luge Loudoun Times-Mirror Leesburg, VA
1985 milieu Chicago Tribune Chicago, IL
1986 odontalgia ''The Patriot News Harrisburg, PA
1987 staphylococci The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, PA
1988 elegiacal The Sacramento Bee Sacramento, CA
1989 spoliator Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO

1990–1999

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
1990 fibranne The Seattle Times Seattle, WA
1991 antipyretic Wisconsin State Journal Madison, WI
1992 lyceum The Richmond News Leader Richmond, VA
1993 kamikaze The Commercial Appeal Memphis, TN
1994 antediluvian The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, TN
1995 xanthosis The Commercial Appeal Memphis, TN
1996 vivisepulture The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach, FL
1997 euonym New York Daily News New York, NY
1998 chiaroscurist Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers Kingston, Jamaica
1999 logorrhea The Tampa Tribune Tampa, FL

2000–2008

Year
Winning word Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes
2000 demarche St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, MO
2001 succedaneum Aitkin Independent Age Aitkin, MN
2002 prospicience Rocky Mountain News Denver, CO
2003 pococurante The Dallas Morning News Dallas, TX
2004 autochthonous South Bend Tribune South Bend, IN
2005 appoggiatura San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego, CA
2006 Ursprache Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spring Lake, NJ
2007 serrefine Contra Costa Times Walnut Creek, CA
2008 guerdon Journal and Courier West Lafayette, IN

Notes

Although the Scripps National Spelling Bee website gives Dean Lucas's winning word as "luxuriance", and Virginia Hogan's winning word as "asceticism", two 1929 articles from Time Magazine and The New York Times credit Virginia Hogan as winning the 1929 Bee with "luxuriance", so it is possible Dean Lucas's winning word is "asceticism".
Joint champions were announced after the contestants had exhausted the list of words.
Joint champions were announced after Sandra Owen was knocked out of the competition by spelling "xylophagus" as "xylophagous", with the judges later realizing that it was an acceptable spelling variant (though she still spelled the winning word, "schappe" incorrectly as "schaup").
Joint champions were announced.
Barrie, Jacques, Paige, Blake, and George now serve as Scripps National Spelling Bee staff members.

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