This year 281 spellers will compete from the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe; as well as the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.
Bee Week 2013 marks the first visit to the nation's capital for 97 spellers.
Speller 94 Tara Singh, of Louisville, Ky., is the youngest speller in this year's competition at age 8.
The spellers range in age from 8 to 14 years old, but 89 percent are between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.
Two spellers, speller 91, Vanya Shivashankar, and speller 191, Ashwin Veeramani, have siblings who have previously won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
116 spellers speak more than one language.
This year's group of competitors is 52 percent girls and 48 percent boys.
Among this year's field, math is most frequently cited as a favorite subject.
Four spellers said the person they would most like to meet is Dr. Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer of the Bee. During Bee Week, they'll get their chance.
The spellers' favorite words include conquistador, flibbertigibbet, humuhumunukunukuapuaa, physiognomy, weissnichtwo and gobbledegook.
Ohio has 19 students entered into the competition, with six being from Northeast Ohio.
Shiv Dewan of North Canton, Ohio, was not ready to call it quits after failing to make it to the final round of Scripps National Spelling Bee — he asked a judge to take another look at his multiple-choice test to make sure it was scored correctly.
Melina Gabele was caught by surprise when Paul Loeffler of ESPN announced that she would join 48 other spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals.
There is still one speller in the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Last year, Vanya Shivashankar was cut from the Scripps Bee without misspelling a word. This is her last chance to win.
Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York has won the Scripps National Spelling bee.
A look at some unusual, difficult or otherwise noteworthy words from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Eleven spellers go into Thursday night's dramatic 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee finals on live TV, including a two-time third-place finisher and other multiyear contestants.
Ashwin Veeramani, a seventh grader at Incarante Word Academy in Parma Heights, was elimated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.
A Parma Heights student is among 42 spellers that advanced to the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.