We’re down to the f-i-n-a-l-s of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
More than 291 spellers have been in Oxon Hill, Maryland for the 90th annual Spelling Bee. The preliminaries are complete and we’re now down to the finals featuring the top 40 spellers. Coverage of the early finals rounds will start at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT) on ESPN2. Live coverage will continue from 8:30-10:30 p.m. ET (7:30-9:30 p.m.) on ESPN.
There are more than just bragging rights on the line. The spelling bee champion will receive more than $40,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to New York to appear on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and a trip to Hollywood to be a guest on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Don’t expect to tune in and see contestants spelling “February” or “superintendent,” however – they are tackling much trickier words. According to Scripps, the 2016 winning words were Feldenkrais, correctly spelled by Jairam Hathwar (it means used for a system of aided body movements intended to increase body awareness and ease tension); and gesellschaft, the winning word for Nihar Janga. It means “a rationally developed mechanistic type of social relationship characterized by impersonally contracted associations between persons” – in case you didn’t know.
— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) June 1, 2017