The National Spelling Bee started in 1925 when a bunch of local spelling bees came together by the hands of The Courier-Journal in Louisville.
The National Spelling Bee started in 1925 when a bunch of local spelling bees came together by the hands of The Courier-Journal in Louisville. Usually, the bee is held in late May or it can take place early June. The word bee does not in fact refer to the insect, but it refers to a gathering of people in an event or activity. The E.W. Scripps and 288 other sponsors in the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Ghana, Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa run this bee every year. The victor of each sponsor's spelling bee will continue on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C.
Even before the school bee you have to take a short test to become eligible for the bee. Then, you go school, regionals, and nationals. In the regionals each region sets its own rules for the spelling bee. When they qualify in the regionals, they go to the nationals. In round one, there is a written spelling test of 25 words. Every correctly spelled word in round one is worth a point. Round two however is an oral round; each correctly spelled word is worth three points. Round three is also an oral round with the same rules as round two. In round four, there is also an oral round. If you spell the word correctly you stay in the competition; if you spell it incorrectly you're out. These rounds continue until there is one person left. They spell an additional word, and if they get it correct they are crowned victor.