With the Scripps National Spelling Bee fast approaching, I decided to go to the official site to check the television schedule for this year's competition. In addition to listing the schedule and other important information for parents, students, and teachers; the site includes the following fun facts:
This year there will be 293 spellers— the greatest number in the history of the event.
Bee Week 2009 marks the first visit to the nation’s capital for 118 spellers.
The spellers range in age from 9 to 15 years old, but two-thirds are either 13 or 14 years old.
The pronouncer, Dr. Jacques A. Bailly, is fluent in French and German, and he teaches ancient Greek and Latin.
English is not the first language of 33 spellers, and 117 spellers speak languages other than English.
All I can say is - WOW.