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Spelling Bee Winners and Their Words

Year Champion & Sponsor Winning Word
1925 Frank Neuhauser, Louisville Courier-Journal (Kentucky)gladiolus
1926 Pauline Bell, Louisville Courier-Journal (Kentucky)abrogate
1927 Dean Lucas, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)luxuriance
1928 Betty Robinson, South Bend News-Tribune (Indiana)albumen
1929 Virginia Hogan, The Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)asceticism
1930 Helen Jensen, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)fracas
1931 Ward Randall, White Hall Register Republican (Illinois)foulard
1932 Dorothy Greenwald, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)knack
1933 Alma Roach, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)propitiatory
1934 Sarah Wilson, Portland Evening Express (Maine)deteriorating
1935 Clara Mohler, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)intelligible
1936 Jean Trowbridge, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)interning
1937 Waneeta Beckley, Louisville Courier-Journal (Kentucky)promiscuous
1938 Marian Richardson, Louisville Times (Kentucky)sanitarium
1939 Elizabeth Ann Rice, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts)canonical
1940 Laurel Kuykendall, Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)therapy
1941 Louis Edward Sissman, Detroit News (Michigan)initials
1942 Richard Earnhart, El Paso Herald Post (Texas)sacrilegious
1946 John McKinney, Des Moines Register & Tribune (Iowa)semaphore
1947 Mattie Lou Pollard, Atlanta Journal (Georgia)chlorophyll
1948 Jean Chappelear, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)psychiatry
1949 Kim Calvin, Canton Repository (Ohio)dulcimer
1950 Diana Reynard, Cleveland Press (Ohio)
Colquitt Dean, Atlanta Journal (Georgia)
haruspex
1951 Irving Belz, Memphis Press Scimitar (Tennessee)insouciant
1952 Doris Ann Hall, Winston-Salem Journal & Herald (North Carolina)vignette
1953 Elizabeth Hess, Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) soubrette
1954 William Cashore, Norristown Times Herald (Pennsylvania)transept
1955 Sandra Sloss, St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Missouri)crustaceology
1956 Melody Sachko, The Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania)condominium
1957 Sandra Owen, Canton Repository (Ohio)
Dana Bennett, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)
schappe
1958 Jolitta Schlehuber, Topeka Daily Capital (Kansas)syllepsis
1959 Joel Montgomery, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)cacolet
1960 Henry Feldman, Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)troche
1961 John Capehart, Tulsa Tribune (Oklahoma)smaragdine
1962 Nettie Crawford, El Paso Herald-Post (Texas)
Michael Day, St. Louis Democrat (Missouri)
esquamulose
1963 Glen Van Slyke III, The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)equipage
1964 William Kerek, Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)sycophant
1965 Michael Kerpan, Jr., Tulsa Tribune (Oklahoma)eczema
1966 Robert A. Wake, Houston Chronicle (Texas)ratoon
1967 Jennifer Reinke, The Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)chihuahua
1968 Robert L. Walters, The Topeka Daily Capital (Kansas)abalone
1969 Susan Yoachum, Dallas Morning News (Texas)interlocutory
1970 Libby Childress, Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel (North Carolina)croissant
1971 Jonathan Knisely, Philadelphia Bulletin (Pennsylvania)shalloon
1972 Robin Kral, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)macerate
1973 Barrie Trinkle, Fort Worth Press (Texas)vouchsafe
1974 Julie Ann Junkin, Birminghan Post-Herald (Alabama)hydrophyte
1975 Hugh Tosteson, San Juan Star (Puerto Rico)incisor
1976 Tim Kneale, Syracuse Herald Journal-American (New York)narcolepsy
1977 John Paola, The Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania)cambist
1978 Peg McCarthy, The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)deification
1979 Katie Kerwin, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)maculature
1980 Jacques Bailly, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)elucubrate
1981 Paige Pipkin, El Paso Herald-Post (Texas)sarcophagus
1982 Molly Dieveney, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)psoriasis
1983 Blake Giddens, El Paso Herald-Post (Texas)purim
1984 Daniel Greenblatt, Loudoun Times-Mirror (Virginia)luge
1985 Balu Natarajan, Chicago Tribune (Illinois)milieu
1986 Jon Pennington, The Patriot News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)odontalgia
1987 Stephanie Petit, The Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania)staphylococci
1988 Rageshree Ramachandran, The Sacramento Bee (California)elegiacal
1989 Scott Isaacs, Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado)spoliator
1990 Amy Marie Dimak, The Seattle Times (Washington)fibranne
1991 Joanne Lagatta, The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin)antipyretic
1992 Amanda Goad, The Richmond News Leader (Virginia)lyceum
1993 Geoff Hooper, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)kamikaze
1994 Ned Andrews, The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)antediluvian
1995 Justin Tyler Carroll, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee)xanthosis
1996 Wendy Guey, The Palm Beach Post (Florida)vivisepulture
1997 Rebecca Sealfon, The Daily News (New York, New York)euonym
1998 Jody-Anne Maxwell, Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers, Ltd., (Kingston, Jamaica)chiaroscurist
1999 Nupur Lala, The Tampa Tribune(Florida)logorrhea
2000 George Abraham Thampy, The St.Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)demarche
2001 Sean Conley, The Aitkin Independent Age (Minnesota)succedaneum
2002 Pratyush Buddiga, Rocky Mountain News(Denver, Colorado)prospicience
2003 Sai R. Gunturi, The Dallas Morning News(Dallas, Texas)pococurante
2004 David Scott Pilarski Tidmarsh, South Bend Tribune(South Bend, Indiana)autochthonous
2005 Anurag Kashyap, The San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego)appoggiatura
2006 Katharine Close, Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune (New Jersey)ursprache
2007 Evan M. O'Dorney, Contra Costa Times(Walnut Creek, California)serrefine
2008 Sameer Mishra, Journal & Courier(Lafayette, Indiana)guerdon
2009 Kavya Shivashankar, Olathe News(Olathe, Kansas)laodicean
2010 Anamika Veeramani, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)stromuhr
2011 Sukanya Roy, Times Leader(Wilkes-Barre, Penn.)cymotrichous


Source: Scripps Howard.

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