Spelling bees have become big news.
In recent years we've seen spelling bee finals in the national news and broadcast in prime time on TV. This is great recognition for students who excel in spelling and perhaps other academics.
Spelling bees have a long history in the United States, both in real life and in fiction. A popular movie Akeelah and the Bee as well as television episodes from Psych, Roseanne, and Southpark have included spelling bees.
The National Spelling Bee is held this year on May 27 and 28. There will be 293 spellers, the largest group ever. Most are 14-15 years old. It is an exciting time for participants and their parents and supporters.