2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Top Finishers

  • 1st – Sameer Mishra
  • 2nd – Sidharth Chand
  • 3rd – Tia Thomas
  • T-4th – Samia Nawaz, Rose Sloan, Kavya Shivashankar, Scott Remer
  • T-8th – Justin Song, Kyle Mou, Catherine “Cat” Cojocaru, Jahnavi Iyer
  • 12th – Austin Pineda

Round Results

Preliminaries Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship Finals
Round One Test Round 3 Round 5 Round 8
Round 2 Round 4 Round 6 Round 9
Round 7 Round 10
Round 11
Round 12
Round 13
Round 14
Round 15
Round 16

Official PDFs & More

General InfoPreliminariesQuarterfinalsSemifinalsChampionship Finals
2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee (81st) WikipediaRound One TestRound 3Round 5Round 8
Participants: 288Round 2Round 4Round 6Round 9
Total Words: 603Round 7Round 10
Championship FinalistsRound 11
Winning Word: guerdonRound 12
Round 13
Round 14
Round 15
Round 16

For 2010 and earlier, most round result files show random words under the “Correct Spelling” column, like stichometry where netsuke should be in 2010 Round 7. Most of the time, you can figure out which word was actually being asked based on the speller’s “Spelling Given.” For the ones you can’t figure out, use the pages I created of all words from each round (see below). Just find the page corresponding to the round in which the word you can’t identify appeared.

This mix-up is due to a glitch in the Bee’s system. There’s evidence these “random” words are from Scripps’ vault and will be used in future bees. See Glitch Words for more on this.


Lance Hungar of McLean, Virginia awaits his turn at the mic during Round 5. (Molly Riley/Reuters)

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