Scripps Spelling Bee Finals Return And Jill Biden Will Be There : NPR

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The 2019 Scripps Spelling Bee Co-Champions hold their trophy at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. After a break in 2020, the competition will take place again this year. The finals will take place on Thursday evening in Orlando, Florida. Alex Wong / Getty Images hide caption

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The 2019 Scripps Spelling Bee Co-Champions hold their trophy at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. After a break in 2020, the competition will take place again this year. The finals will take place on Thursday evening in Orlando, Florida.

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Last year, fans of the popular Scripps Spelling Bee were upset when the coronavirus unceremoniously ended the 2020 competition. But this year the game has returned, with Jill Biden expected as a special guest to attend the event in Orlando, Florida.

Eleven finalists from more than 200 of the country’s best spelling artists will be on Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney Resort in pursuit of academic prestige and a cash prize of $ 50,000. It will air on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2020 games were canceled due to the corona virus. Infection rates were rampant around this time last year and the world was months away from getting a vaccine against the virus.

But on Thursday evening, young scientists from all over the country will again have the chance to put their spelling skills to the test on one of the largest academic stages in the world. FLOTUS (not included in the 2020 official spelling guide, but it’s still fun to write) is an educator herself and adds an additional level of competition to the spelling hopes.