Scripps National Spelling Bee 2019 – Cronkite

Spellers have two minutes in front of a live audience – and an audience watching on television – to correctly spell a word, or hear the dreaded ding of a bell that lets them know they misspelled it. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) The 562 elementary and middle school students competing in the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee this week came from across the country as well as from some foreign countries. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) Tanish Doshi, an Oro Valley eighth-grader, with his mom, Urvashi, said he easily makes friends with other spellers at the bee because the real rival “is the dictionary.” (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) Frontier Elementary School eight-grader Annabelle Tran was back for a second year, one of four Arizona students making a return appearance at the National Spelling Bee this week. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) The spelling bee included 162 returning competitors. Many spellers used the same tactics, asking for pronunciations, definitions and etymologies before trying to spell a word. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) Scottsdale seventh-grader Max Greenspan, with parents David and Julie. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News)