The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee is officially underway, and this year’s competition features more than 560 spelling geniuses from all over the world eager to be named the $50,000-winning Bee champ.
“The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a time-honored tradition and a true piece of Americana,” Paige Kimble, executive director of the Bee, said in a news release. “In our program’s nine-decades-long history, we have inspired millions of students to improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage. All spellers can stand proud knowing they gave their very best, and they will reap the benefits of participation, which include confidence and perseverance.”
The participants began with a preliminary written test on Monday at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C.
Here’s how to watch the Bee live:
Watch preliminary rounds on the ESPN app or on ESPN 3 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Finalists will be announced at approximately 4:45 p.m.
Watch the Thursday finals live on ESPN 2 or the ESPN app starting at 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Then tune in to ESPN at 8:30 p.m. for the primetime finals. The Bee should end around 10:30 p.m.
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