National Spelling Bee Winning Words

By: SpellingBee.com edited by Harrison Hove Email
By: SpellingBee.com edited by Harrison Hove Email

Champions and Their Winning Words, 1925 through 2005

YEAR CHAMPION AND SPONSOR WORD

1925 Frank Neuhauser, Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky gladiolus

1926 Pauline Bell, Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky abrogate

1927 Dean Lucas, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio luxuriance

1928 Betty Robinson, South Bend News-Tribune, South Bend, Indiana albumen

1929 Virginia Hogan, The Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska asceticism

1930 Helen Jensen, Des Moines Register & Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa fracas

1931 Ward Randall, White Hall Register-Republican, White Hall, Illinois foulard

1932 Dorothy Greenwald, Des Moines Register & Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa knack

1933 Alma Roach, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio torsion

1934 Sarah Wilson, Portland Evening Express, Portland, Maine deteriorating

1935 Clara Mohler, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio intelligible

1936 Jean Trowbridge, Des Moines Register & Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa interning

1937 Waneeta Beckley, Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky promiscuous

1938 Marian Richardson, Louisville Times, Louisville, Kentucky sanitarium

1939 Elizabeth Ann Rice, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Massachusetts canonical

1940 Laurel Kuykendall, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee therapy

1941 Louis Edward Sissman, Detroit News, Detroit, Michigan initials

1942 Richard Earnhart, El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas sacrilegious

1946 John McKinney, Des Moines Register & Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa semaphore

1947 Mattie Lou Pollard, Atlanta Journal, Atlanta, Georgia chlorophyll

1948 Jean Chappelear, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio psychiatry

1949 Kim Calvin, Canton Repository, Canton, Ohio dulcimer

1950 Diana Reynard, Cleveland Press, Cleveland, Ohio meticulosity
1950 Colquitt Dean, Atlanta Journal, Atlanta, Georgia meticulosity

1951 Irving Belz, Memphis Press-Scimitar, Memphis, Tennessee insouciant

1952 Doris Ann Hall, Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, North Carolina vignette

1953 Elizabeth Hess, Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona soubrette

1954 William Cashore, Norristown Times Herald, Norristown, Pennsylvania transept

1955 Sandra Sloss, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, Missouri crustaceology

1956 Melody Sachko, The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania condominium

1957 Sandra Owen, Canton Repository, Canton, Ohio schappe
1957 Dana Bennett, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado schappe

1958 Jolitta Schlehuber, Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kansas syllepsis

1959 Joel Montgomery, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado catamaran

1960 Henry Feldman, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee eudaemonic

1961 John Capehart, Tulsa Tribune, Tulsa, Oklahoma smaragdine

1962 Nettie Crawford, El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas esquamulose

1962 Michael Day, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, Missouri esquamulose

1963 Glen Van Slyke III, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee equipage

1964 William Kerek, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio sycophant

1965 Michael Kerpan Jr., Tulsa Tribune, Tulsa, Oklahoma eczema

1966 Robert A. Wake, Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas ratoon

1967 Jennifer Reinke, The Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska chihuahua

1968 Robert L. Walters, Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kansas abalone

1969 Susan Yoachum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas interlocutory

1970 Libby Childress, Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel, Winston-Salem, North Carolina croissant

1971 Jonathan Knisely, Philadelphia Bulletin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shalloon

1972 Robin Kral, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, Texas macerate

1973 Barrie Trinkle, Fort Worth Press, Fort Worth, Texas vouchsafe

1974 Julie Ann Junkin, Birmingham Post-Herald, Birmingham, Alabama hydrophyte

1975 Hugh Tosteson, San Juan Star, San Juan, Puerto Rico incisor

1976 Tim Kneale, Syracuse Herald Journal-American, Syracuse, New York narcolepsy

1977 John Paola, The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania cambist

1978 Peg McCarthy, The Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, 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, El Paso, Texas sarcophagus

1982 Molly Dieveney, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado psoriasis

1983 Blake Giddens, El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas Purim

1984 Daniel Greenblatt, Loudoun Times-Mirror, Leesburg, Virginia luge

1985 Balu Natarajan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois milieu

1986 Jon Pennington, The Patriot News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania odontalgia

1987 Stephanie Petit, The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania staphylococci

1988 Rageshree Ramachandran, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California elegiacal

1989 Scott Isaacs, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado spoliator

1990 Amy Marie Dimak, The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington fibranne

1991 Joanne Lagatta, The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin antipyretic

1992 Amanda Goad, The Richmond News Leader, Richmond, Virginia lyceum

1993 Geoff Hooper, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee kamikaze

1994 Ned G. Andrews, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee antediluvian

1995 Justin Tyler Carroll, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee xanthosis

1996 Wendy Guey, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida vivisepulture

1997 Rebecca Sealfon, 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, Tampa, Florida logorrhea

2000 George Abraham Thampy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri demarche

2001 Sean Conley, Aitkin Independent Age, Aitkin, 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, California appoggiatura


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