35 Homeschoolers out of 265 National Spelling Bee competitors
Facts about the 77th Scripps National Spelling Bee:
- The event runs Tuesday through Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Washington.
- The field has 265 spellers, the largest ever.
- Spellers range in age from 9 to 15; most are 13 or 14. To be eligible, spellers must not have passed beyond eighth grade by Feb. 1 and must not have turned 16 by June 1.