Scripps National Spelling Bee

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The Revenant: Harini Logan rallies for spelling bee title

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Harini Logan has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, defeating Vikram Raju in the bee's first-ever lightning-round tiebreaker. Both spellers got four words wrong during their grueling showdown before Scripps went to the 90-second spell-off. Harini was faster and sharper throughout, spelling 22 words correctly to beat Vikram by seven. The 14-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, takes home a trophy and more than $50,000 in […]

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LeVar Burton joins Scripps National Spelling Bee as host

LeVar Burton has been hired as host of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Burton gives the competition a celebrity headliner who's also a longtime literacy advocate. His addition to the bee lineup comes as Scripps prepares to take over production of the telecast. Scripps has ended its longtime partnership with ESPN, which televised the bee from 1994 through this year. Burton starred on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and was […]

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African American spelling bee champ makes history with flair

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The nation's first African American winner has breezed to victory at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde of Harvey, Louisiana, didn't show much stress on stage and only struggled with one word in Thursday's finals. She is only the second Black champion in the bee's 96-year history after Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998. Zaila described spelling as a side hobby, though […]

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