In what has become an annual tradition, the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee took place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
A total of 278 spellers competed, among them 136 boys and 142 girls ages 6-15 from across the nation and around the globe. This is not anything like the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the hilarious Broadway show.
This is serious business. My colleague, Hilary Friedman, is a Harvard sociologist who studies and has written extensively about children and competition. In fact, we met when she was writing her PhD and my sons were playing competitive chess on the New York City Public School 116 nationally ranked chess team . Here’s a link for her take on this year’s Bee.