2. The competitors range in age from 9 to 15, but the vast majority are between the age of 12 and 14.
3. Three spellers have a brother or sister who have previously won.
4. 117 spellers speak more than one language.
5. Indian Americans have won all but four of the last 15 competitions- including the last seven, The Washington Post reported. The streak has received much backlash as the newspaper discovered.
Last year, the co-champions SriramHathwar and Ansun Sujoe were the subject of hate on social media. Many of the views, despite the fact the students are American citizens, featured comments that assumed that they were not.
One Twitter post last year, quoted by The Washington Post said "We need an american [sic] to win this spelling bee."
>>Click here to read The Washington Post's feature on the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the past winners.
The Spelling Bee was televised on ESPN and ESPNs. Fans were able to watch real-time results by following the Scripps Live Tweet -- or below.