The Hardest Word to Spell in Wisconsin Is 'Wisconsin'

When it comes to spelling, the silent "P" will get you every time.

Edith competed in her first spelling bees this year, she said, and was surprised to keep winning.

The following year, he went to a new school that didn't participate in the Scripps bee program.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviser, received a dreaded 3 a.m. phone call, reporting the USA was under nuclear attack.

"Mommy, do you want to watch me fall back?" the Oklahoma Kindergartener asked before collapsing into the Kindle foam letter pit Tuesday. Then the secretive Scripps word team started struggling to dig out words tough enough to identify a single champion.

Melodie took the written test Tuesday morning and "it was easier than I thought it was going to be", she said. She said she has spent the last few months waking up early to study in order to improve her performance in the preliminary test.

For them, the bee is an all-consuming, year-round pursuit.

If the girls spell their word correctly in the second round, they advance to Round 3, which will be broadcast from 2:45 to 5 p.m., also on ESPN3.

Six-year-old Edith, meanwhile, was treated like a celebrity as she walked the halls outside the ballroom.

She is being cheered on at the national bee by her parents, three younger siblings and grandfather.

  • Arturo Norris