National Spelling Bee Winners

 

2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Karthik Nemmani

Home Location: McKinney, Texas

Grade: 8th

School: Scoggins Middle School

Age: 14

Winning Word: koinonia

Sponsor: RSVBee Entry

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2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Ananya Vinay

Home Location: Fresno, California

Grade: 6th

School: Fugman Elementary School

Age: 12

Winning Word: marocain

Sponsor: The Fresno Bee

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2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners

Name: Jairam Hathwar

Home Location: Painted Post, New York

Grade: 7th

School: The Alternative School for Math and Science

Age: 13

Winning Word: Feldenkrais

Sponsor: Corning Rotary Club

Name: Nihar Janga

Home Location: Austin, Texas

Grade: 5th

School: River Ridge Elementary School

Age: 11

Winning Word: gesellschaft

Sponsor: Houston Public Media

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2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners

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Name: Gokul Venkatachalam

Home Chesterfield, Missouri

Grade: 8th

School: Parkway West Middle School

Age: 14

Winning Word: nunatak

Sponsor: Corning Rotary Club


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Name: Vanya Shivashankar

Home Location: Olathe, Kansas

Grade: 8th

School: California Trail Middle School

Age: 13

Winning Word: scherenschnitte

Sponsor: The Olathe News

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2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners

Name: Sriram Hathwar

Home: Painted Post, New York

Grade: 8

School: Alternative School for Math and Science

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Age: 14

Winning Word: stichomythia 

Sponsor: Corning Rotary Club

Name: Ansun Sujoe

Home: Fort Worth, Texas

Grade: 7

School: Bethesda Christian School

Age: 13

Winning Word: feuilleton

Sponsor:Texas Christian University


2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Arvind Mahankali 

Home: Bayside Hills, New York

Grade: 8

School: Nathaniel Hawthorn Middle School

Age: 13

Winning Word: knaidel

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Sponsor: Daily News


2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Snigdha Nandipati

Home: San Diego

Grade: 8th

School: Francis Parker School

Age: 14

Winning Word: guetapens

Sponsor: U-T San Diego

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2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Sukanya Roy

Home: South Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Grade: 8

School: Abington Heights Middle School

Age: 14

Winning Word: cymotrichous

Sponsor: Times Leader of Wikes-Barre

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2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Anamika Veeramani

Home: North Royalton, Ohio

Grade: 8

School: Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights.

Age: 14

Winning Word: stromuhr

Sponsor: The Plain Deal

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2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Kavya Shivashankar

Home: Olathe, Kansas

Grade: 8

School: California Trail Junior High School

Age: 13

Winning Word: Laodicean

Sponsor: The Olathe News


2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Sameer Mishra

Home: West Lafayette, Indiana

Grade: 8

School: West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School

Age: 13

Winning Word: guerdon

Sponsor: Journal and Courier Lafayette


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2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Evan M. O’Dorney

Home: San Ramon, California

Grade: 8

School: Venture School

Age: 13

Winning Word: serrefine

Sponsor: Contra Costa Times


2006 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE WINNER

Name: Katherine, “Kerry”, Close

Home: Spring Lake, New Jersey

Grade: 8

School: H.W. Mountz School

Age: 13

Winning Word: Ursprache

Sponsor: Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune

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2005 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Anurag Kashyap

Home: Poway, California

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Grade: 8

School: Meadowbrook Middle School 

Age: 13

Winning Word: appoggiatura

Sponsor: The San Diego Union Tribune


2004 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: David Tidmarsh

Home: South Bend Indiana14

Grade: 8

School: Edison Intermediate Center

Age: 14

Winning Word: autochthonous

Sponsor: South Bend Tribune

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2003 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Sai R. Gunturi 

Home: Dallas, Texas

Grade: 8

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Age: 13

Winning Word: pococurante

Sponsor: The Dallas Morning News

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2002 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Pratyush Buddiga

Home: Denver, Colorodo

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Winning Word: prospicience

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain News

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2001 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Sean Conley

Home: Aitkin, Minnesota

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Winning Word: succedaneum

Sponsor: Aitkin Independent Age

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2000 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: George Abraham Thampy 

Home: Maryland Heights, Missouri

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Winning Word: demarche

Sponsor: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Nupur Lala

Home: Tampa, Florida

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School: Benito Middle  School

Age: 14

Winning Word: logorrhea

Sponsor: The Tampa Tribune

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1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Jody-Anne Maxwell

Home: Kingston, Jamacia

Grade: 7

School: Ardenne High School

Age: 12

Winning Word: chiaroscurist

Sponsor: Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers

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1997 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Rebecca Sealfon

Home: New York City, New York

Grade: 8

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Age: 13

Winning Word: euonym

Sponsor: New York Daily News



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1996 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Wendy Guey

Home: West Palm Beach, Florida

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Age: 12

Winning Word: vivisepulture

Sponsor: The Palm Beach Post

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1995 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Justin Tyler Carroll

Home: Memphis, Tennessee

Grade: 8

School: Wynne Junior High School

Age: 14

Winning Word: xanthosis

Sponsor: The Commercial Appeal

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1994 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Ned G. Andrews

Home: Knoxville, Tennessee

Grade: 7

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Age: 13

Winning Word: antediluvian

Sponsor: The Knoxville News-Sentinel

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1993 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Geoff Hooper

Home: Memphis, Tennessee

Grade: 8

School: Shadow Lawn Middle School 

Age: 14

Winning Word: kamikaze

Sponsor: The Commercial Appeal

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1992 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Amanda Goad

Home: Richmond, Virginia

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Winning Word: lyceum

Sponsor: The Richmond News Leader


1991 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Joanne Lagatta

Home: Clintonville, Wisconsin

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Winning Word: antipyretic

Sponsor: Wisconsin State Journal

President Bush meets with winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the White House, May 31, 1991, including 13-year-old winner Joanne Lagatta, left, of Clintonville, Wisconson

President Bush meets with winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the White House, May 31, 1991, including 13-year-old winner Joanne Lagatta, left, of Clintonville, Wisconson



1990 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Amy Marie Dimak

Home: Seattle, Washington

Grade: 8

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Winning Word: fibranne

Sponsor: The Seattle Times

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1989 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Scott Isaacs

Home: Denver, Colorado

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Winning Word: spoliator

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain News


1988 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Rageshree Ramachandran

Home: Sacramento, California

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Winning Word: elegiacal

Sponsor: The Sacramento Bee


1987 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Stephanie Petit

Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Winning Word: staphylococci

Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Press


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1985 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Balu Natarajan

Home: Chicago, Illinois

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Winning Word: milieu

Sponsor: Chicago Tribune


1984 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Daniel Greenblatt

Home: Leesburg, Virginia

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Winning Word: luge

Sponsor: Loudoun Times-Mirror


1983 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Blake Giddens

Home: El Paso, Texas

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Winning Word: Purim

Sponsor: El Paso Herald-Post


1982 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Molly Dieveney

Home: Denver, Colorado

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Winning Word: psoriasis

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain News


1981 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Paige Pipkin

Home: El Paso, Texas

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Winning Word: sarcophagus

Sponsor: El Paso Herald-Post


1980 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Jacques Bailly[

Home: Denver, Colorado

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Winning Word: elucubrate

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain News


1979 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Katie Kerwin

Home: Denver, Colorado

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Winning Word: maculature

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain News


1978 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Peg McCarthy

Home: Topeka, Kansas

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Winning Word: deification

Sponsor: The Topeka Capital-Journal


1977 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: John Paola

Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Winning Word: cambist

Sponsor: The Pittsburgh Press


1976 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Tim Kneale

Home: Syracuse, New York

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Winning Word: narcolepsy

Sponsor: Syracuse Herald-Journal


1975 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Hugh Tosteson García

Home: San Juan, PR

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Winning Word: incisor

Sponsor: San Juan Star


1974 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Julie Ann Junkin

Home: Birmingham, Alabama

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Winning Word: hydrophyte

Sponsor: Birmingham Post-Herald


1973 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Barrie Trinkle

Home: Fort Worth, Texas

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Winning Word: vouchsafe

Sponsor: Fort Worth Press


1972 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Robin Kral

Home: Lubbock, Texas

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Winning Word: macerate

Sponsor: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


1971 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Jonathan Knisely

Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Winning Word: shalloon

Sponsor: Philadelphia Bulletin


1970 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Libby Childress

Home: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Winning Word: croissant

Sponsor: Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel


1969 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Susan Yoachum

Home: Dallas, Texas

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Winning Word: interlocutory

Sponsor: Dallas Morning News


1968 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Robert L. Walters

Home: Topeka, Kansas

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Winning Word: abalone

Sponsor: The Topeka Daily Capital


1967 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Jennifer Reinke

Home: Omaha, Nebraska

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Winning Word: chihuahua

Sponsor: The Omaha World-Herald


1966 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Robert A. Wake

Home: Houston, Texas

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Winning Word: ratoon

Sponsor: Houston Chronicle


1965 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Michael Kerpan Jr.

Home: Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Winning Word: eczema

Sponsor: Tulsa Tribune


1964 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: William Kerek

Home: Akron, Ohio

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Winning Word: sycophant

Sponsor: Akron Beacon Journal


1963 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Glen Van Slyke III

Home: Knoxville, Tennessee

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Winning Word: equipage

Sponsor: The Knoxville News-Sentinel


1962 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Nettie Crawford

Home: El Paso, Texas

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Winning Word: esquamulose

Sponsor: El Paso Herald-Post

Name: Michael Day

Home: St. Louis, Missouri

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Winning Word: esquamulose

Sponsor: St. Louis Globe-Democrat


1961 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: John Capehart

Home: Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Winning Word: smaragdine

Sponsor: Tulsa Tribune


1960 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Henry Feldman

Home: Knoxville, Tennessee

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Winning Word: eudaemonic

Sponsor: The Knoxville News-Sentinel


1959 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Joel Montgomery

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Winning Word: catamaran

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain News


1958 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Jolitta Schlehuber

Home: Topeka, Kansas

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Winning Word: syllepsis

Sponsor: Topeka Daily Capital


1957 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Dana Bennett

Home: Denver, Colorado

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Winning Word: schappe

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain News

Name: Sandra Owen

Home: Canton, Ohio

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Winning Word: schappe

Sponsor: Canton Repository


1956 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Melody Sachko

Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Winning Word: condominium

Sponsor: Pittsburgh Press


1955 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Sandra Sloss

Home: St. Louis, Missouri

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Winning Word: crustaceology

Sponsor: St. Louis Globe-Democrat


1954 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: William Cashore

Home: Norristown, Pennsylvania

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Winning Word: transept

Sponsor: Norristown Times Herald


1953 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Elizabeth Hess

Home: Phoenix, Arizona

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Winning Word: soubrette

Sponsor: Arizona Republic


1952 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Doris Ann Hall

Home: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Winning Word: vignette

Sponsor: Winston-Salem Journal


1951 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Irving Belz

Home: Memphis, Tennessee

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Winning Word: insouciant

Sponsor: Memphis Press Scimitar


1950 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Diana Reynard

Home: Cleveland, Ohio

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Winning Word: meticulosity

Sponsor: Cleveland Press

Name: Colquitt Dean

Home: Atlanta, Georgia

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Winning Word: meticulosity

Sponsor: Atlanta Journal


1949 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Kim Calvin

Home: Canton, Ohio

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Winning Word: onerous

Sponsor: Canton Repository


1948 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Jean Chappelear

Home: Akron, Ohio

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Winning Word: psychiatry

Sponsor: Akron Beacon Journal


1947 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Mattie Lou Pollard

Home: Atlanta, Georgia

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Winning Word: chlorophyll

Sponsor: Atlanta Journal


1946 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: John McKinney

Home: Des Moines, Iowa

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Winning Word: semaphore

Sponsor: The Des Moines Register and Tribune


1942 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Richard Earnhart

Home: El Paso, Texas

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Winning Word: sacrilegious

Sponsor: sacrilegious


1941 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner

Name: Louis Edward Sissman

Home: Detroit, Michigan

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Sponsor: The Detroit News


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