What’s Next for National Spelling Bee Champion?

June 4, 2024

First, make a goal. Then realize how hard you have to work. Then work for it, and you’ve got it.

Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, Bruhat Soma, anticipates having more time for basketball after winning the trophy. In the future, he aspires to a career as a doctor. (Tampa Bay Times).

Why It Matters: In a tradition that dates back to the 1920s, over 200-hundred young scholars gathered to test their literacy skills in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee. Nearly a century later, the educational event airs on national television, but the inaugural spelling bee commenced when “nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee.” Last week, 12-year-old Bruhat Soma became the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion after a tie-breaking “spell-off” using words from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary; he set a new record when he spelled the most amount of words correctly with 90-seconds on the clock.

Did You Know? Soma regularly practiced spell-offs in anticipation for this moment, and during the competition, recalled words by pretending to type them.

Can you compete? Test your spelling skills HERE.

Read More:

Tampa’s new national spelling bee champion: ‘I knew I had a chance.’ (Tampa Bay Times)
“About the Bee” (Scripps’ National Spelling Bee webpage)

Image Credit – Edward M. Pio Roda / Scripps National Spelling Bee

by Aimee Roberts, based in Virginia