We are in the midst of the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee Week in the Washington, D.C., area. I’ve watched the competition with interest most years — although not with the same enthusiasm my family watches the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every July 4th! I find it especially cool that ESPN chooses to air the finals every June and this year the preliminaries will stream live on ESPN3.
Over the years I’ve noticed some interesting trends. I’m a statistics girl, and I find it easier to present you some fascinating facts about the spelling bee.