Here's a look at what you need to know about the National Spelling Bee, held in the spring every year in Washington, DC.
Facts: May 26-June 1, 2013 - The 86th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held.
Fourteen year old Snigdha Nandipati, an eighth grader from San Diego, California is the 2012 winner. Snigdha 's winning word was guetapens, a word meaning ambush, snare or trap.
Contestants must not be over 15 and in the eighth grade or younger.
Winning words have included: Laodicean, luge, therapy, croissant, milieu, lyceum, kamikaze, antediluvian, chiaroscurist, logorrhea, Purim, and knack.
The 2012 champion of the spelling bee won: From the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a $30,000 cash prize and an engraved trophy.
From Merriam-Webster, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a reference library.
From Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, a $5,000 scholarship.
From Encyclopædia Britannica, $2,600 worth of reference works, including the Final Print Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica and a lifetime membership to Britannica Online Premium.
From Middlebury Interactive Languages, an online language course and a Nook Color.
Timeline: 1925 - The Louisville Courier-Journal starts the event with nine contestants. Frank Neuhauser is the first winner, after spelling gladiolus correctly.
1941 - Scripps Howard assumes sponsorship of the program.
1943-1945 - There is no National Spelling Bee due to World War II.
There were co-champions in 1950, 1957, and 1962.