Good Luck, Madelyn!
Here are some interesting facts about this year’s contestants:
There are spellers representing each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe; as well as the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
The vast majority of the contestants are 12-14 years old, but this year the field includes 6-year old Lori Anne Madison, a 2nd grader from Virginia. She is the youngest competitor ever to qualify for the national spelling bee.
69% of this year’s spellers attend public schools (Madelyn attends Lewistown Junior High), 19% go to private or parochial schools, 10% are home schooled and 2% attend charter schools.