The Scripps National Spelling Bee began in 1925 and is held annually in Washington, D.C. The only exception was 1943-1945 when the competition was canceled during World War II.

Competition is not limited to the United States, but only two winners have come from outside the fifty states--Hugh Tosteson Garcia from Puerto Rico in 1975 and Jody-Anne Maxwell from Jamaica in 1998.

On five occasions, co-champions have been named.
1950 Diana Reynard (Ohio) and Colquitt Dean (Georgia)
1957 Dana Bennett (Colorado) and Sandra Owen (Ohio)
1962 Nettie Crawford (Texas) and Michael Day (Missouri)
2014 Sriram J. Hathwar (New York) and Ansun Sugoe (Texas)
2015 Gokul Venkatachalam (Missouri) and Vanya Shivashankar (Kansas)

Two of the co-winners have come from Missouri. The winners in 1955 and 2000 also came from Missouri--Sandra Sloss and George Thampy, respectively. All four have been St. Louis residents.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee began in 1925 and is held annually in Washington, D.C. The only exception was 1943-1945 when the competition was canceled during World War II. Competition is not limited to the United States, but only two winners have come from outside the fifty states--Hugh Tosteson Garcia from Puerto Rico in 1975 and Jody-Anne Maxwell from Jamaica in 1998. On five occasions, co-champions have been named. 1950 Diana Reynard (Ohio) and Colquitt Dean (Georgia) 1957 Dana Bennett (Colorado) and Sandra Owen (Ohio) 1962 Nettie Crawford (Texas) and Michael Day (Missouri) 2014 Sriram J. Hathwar (New York) and Ansun Sugoe (Texas) 2015 Gokul Venkatachalam (Missouri) and Vanya Shivashankar (Kansas) Two of the co-winners have come from Missouri. The winners in 1955 and 2000 also came from Missouri--Sandra Sloss and George Thampy, respectively. All four have been St. Louis residents.