It’s one of the most closely watched competitions in America. It’s featured on ESPN and has been the subject of countless films, novels, and TV specials. It attracts hundreds of fierce competitors from around the world, but for most, it ends in tears and defeat.
This is, of course, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The semi-finals begin today. Who better to talk through it all than 1999 champion Nupur Lala?
Nupur won the bee with the word “logorrhea,” which means “the excessive use of words.” Her journey to the top was documented in the Oscar-nominated film “Spellbound.”