Photos of Former National Spelling Bee Champions (and the Words They Won with)

W-I-N-N-E-R-S! A look back at the champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee through the 2000s (and the words they spelled to win it all) 

01 of 22

2000

Winner of the 73rd Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, George Abraham Thampy (L), 12, of Maryland Heights, Missouri, accompanied by his father George (R), holds the champion's trophy 01 June, 2000, after spelling the French word 'Demarche', meaning approach or course of action to win 10,000 USD cash, as well as other prizes, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington
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Winner: George Thampy

Word they won with: demarche

02 of 22

2001

Sean Conley, 12, a seventh grader from the San Francisco, California community of Newark, reacts during the 73rd Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC, 01 June 2000
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Winner: Sean Conley

Word they won with: succedaneum

03 of 22

2002

Pratyush Buddiga, a 13-year-old from Colorado Springs, Colorado, accepts the first place trophy from Kenneth W. Lowe, President and Chief Executive Officer of The E.W. Scripps Company 30 May 2002 after spelling prospicience to win the 75th annual National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
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Winner: Pratyush Buddiga

Word they won with: prospicience

04 of 22

2003

Sai Gunturi celebrates his win in the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee May 29, 2003 in Washington, DC. Gunturi won the competition by correctly spelling "pococurante," meaning nonchalant or indifferent
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Winner: Sai Gunturi

Word they won with: pococurante

05 of 22

2004

David Tidmarsh, 14, of South Bend, Indiana, is presented with the National Spelling Bee trophy by Kenneth Lowe, President & CEO of the EW Scripps Company after Tidmarsh won the competition June 3, 2004 in Washington, DC
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Winner: David Tidmarsh

Word they won with: autochthonous

06 of 22

2005

After 19 rounds of competition Anurag Kashyap, 13, an eighth grader from Meadowbrook Middle School in Poway, California, wins the bee having correctly spelled the word "appoggiatura" in the Grand Hyatt Hotel June 2, 2005 in Washington, DC. The 78th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee got underway with 73 spellers sponsored by over 260 sponsors from the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, and American Samoa. The spellers started with a 25-word written test followed by several oral rounds until a winner was chosen. During the oral rounds a speller could ask a word's pronunciation, definition, part of speech, etymology and could also ask to have the word used in a sentence. The spelling bee is held from June 1 through June 2.
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Winner: Anurag Kashyap

Word they won with: appoggiatura

07 of 22

2006

Katharine Close of New Jersey is the winner of the 79th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 1, 2006
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Winner: Kerry Close

Word they won with: Ursprache

08 of 22

2007

Speller Evan O'Dorney (L) of Danville, California, receives a trophy from Kenneth Lowe, President and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company, after O'Dorney won the finals of 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 31, 2007 in Washington, DC
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Winner: Evan O'Dorney

Word they won with: serrefine

09 of 22

2008

Sameer Mishra of West Lafayette, Indiana, holds up his winning trophy in the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel May 30, 2008 in Washington, DC. Mishra won the contest after he correctly spelled the word "guerdon" in round 16
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Winner: Sameer Mishra

Word they won with: guerdon

10 of 22

2009

Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, wins the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, Thursday, May 28, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
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Winner: Kavya Shivashankar

Word they won with: Laodicean

11 of 22

2010

THE 2010 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE - Anamika Veeramani, 14, of North Royalton, Ohio, is the winner of "The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee," which took place in Washington, DC, on 6/4/10. The championship round was televised live on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network.
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Winner: Anamika Veeramani

Word they won with: stromuhr

12 of 22

2011

Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania holds up the trophy after winning the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 2, 2011 in National Harbor, Maryland
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Winner: Sukanya Roy

Word they won with: cymotrichous

13 of 22

2012

Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, California, holds the trophy after she has won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 31, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland
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Winner: Snigdha Nandipati

Word they won with: guetapens

14 of 22

2013

Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills, New York, stands in a shower of confetti after he spelled "knaidel" to win this year's Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, Thursday, May 30, 2013.
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Winner: Arvind Mahankali

Word they won with: knaidel

15 of 22

2014

Sriram Hathwar (R) of Painted Post, New York and Ansun Sujoe (L) of Fort Worth, Texas hold their trophy at the end of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 29, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. Hathwar and Sujoe were declared as co-champions after 22 rounds of the competition
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Winners: Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe

Words they won with: stichomythia and feuilleton

16 of 22

2015

Spelling Bee contestants Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, KS (90) and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, MO (140) co-champions hoist the trophy during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28, 2015 at National Harbor, MD
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Winners: Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar

Words they won with: nunatak and scherenschnitte

17 of 22

2016

Spellers Nihar Saireddy Janga (L) of Austin, Texas and Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar (R) of Painted Post, New York hold a trophy after the finals of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 26, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland
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Winners: Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Saireddy Janga

Words they won with: Feldenkrais and gesellschaft

18 of 22

2017

Ananya Vinay of Fresno, CA. won the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "marocain", at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center June 1, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland
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Winner: Ananya Vinay

Word they won with: marocain

19 of 22

2018

Karthik Nemmani (L) poses with the championship trophy and E.W. Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson after Nemmani correctly spelled the word 'koinonia' to win the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center May 31, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland
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Winner: Karthik Nemmani

Word they won with: koinonia

20 of 22

2019

Co-champions (L-R) Abhijay Kodali (407) of Flower Mound, Texas, Sohum Sukhatankar (354) of Dallas, Texas, Rishik Gandhasri (5) of San Jose, California, Shruthika Padhy (307) of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Rohan Raja (462) of Irving, Texas, hold up the trophy for photographers after 20 rounds of competition and won the championship of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 31, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Winners: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja

Words they won with: auslaut, erysipelas, bougainvillea, aiguillette, pendeloque, palama, cernuous and odylic

21 of 22

2021

Zaila Avant-garde
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Winner: Zaila Avant-garde

Word they won with: Murraya

22 of 22

2022

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Brandon/AP/Shutterstock (12970507ax) Harini Logan, 14, from San Antonio, Texas, gets a kiss from her mom Rampriya Logan on stage as she celebrates winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md Spelling Bee, Oxon Hill, United States - 02 Jun 2022
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Winner: Harini Logan

Word they won with: moorhen

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