Twelve spellers will battle it out in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, in the first completely in-person competition since 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Hosted by LeVar Burton at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, this year's competition started with 234 spellers from across the U.S., the Bahamas, Canada, Germany and Ghana.
Today, the finalists will compete for a grand prize of $50,000, and a variety of other goodies from prize sponsors including Merriam-Webster and Encyclopædia Britannica.
The spellers who made it to the final are: Harini Logan, Sahasrad Satish, Ekansh Rastogi, Vikram Raju, Aliyah Alpert, Abhilash Patel, Sahana Srikath, Kirsten Santos, Nitya Kathiravan, Vihaan Sibal, Shijay Sivakumar and Saharsh Vuppala.
Last year, Zaila Avant-garde, 14, made history when she became the first Black American to win the spelling tournament. The word "Murraya" determined the fate of the competition, which began in 1925.
The preliminaries were held on May 31, with the quarterfinals and semifinals on June 1. The tournament's June 2 finals are being televised.
After breaking with longtime partner ESPN, Scripps will broadcast the tournament on its own networks, ION and Bounce, this year.
The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee 2022 will be broadcast on the channels between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST.
ION Plus and Bounce XL are streaming the finals live on June 2. The finals will also air on Bounce, Laff and TrueReal.
The champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year will be given a $50,000 cash prize, a commemorative medal, and the Scripps Cup, the official championship trophy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Prize sponsor Merriam-Webster will provide the ultimate winner with a $2,500 cash prize and reference library, while Encyclopædia Britannica will give $400 of reference works, including a 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica Replica Set and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium.
The champion's school and sponsor will also receive engraved commemorative plaques from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.