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.

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