Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009 final

May 29th, 2009 - 3:50 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

Scripps National Spelling Bee The Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009 finals will be on Thursday night, with the winner to receive more than $US40,000 in cash and prizes.

Held in Washington DC in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt, competitors from throughout the United States, as well as from internationally will compete for the much sought after title of Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009 champion.

In the past contestants from Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Ghana, Germany, South Korea, and the Bahamas have all competed, after first winning their own countries national competition.

This will be the 82nd year of the event, which is America’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, and is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and 288 sponsors in the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

In San Jose, 13-year-old Ramya Auroprem, an eighth-grader at Joaquin Miller Middle School in West San Jose, correctly spelled “purlieu” (an outlying district,), “kichel” (a Yiddish word for a sweet pastry), and “senryu” (a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku) to advance to the finals.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009 final will be presented by Emmy Award-winning Tom Bergeron on ABC from 8pm to 10pm ET.

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