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13th Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Date  May 25, 1937
Age  14
Sponsor  The Courier-Journal
Winner  Waneeta Beckley
Residence  Kentucky
13th Scripps National Spelling Bee
Location  National Museum in Washington, D.C.

The 13th National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum on May 25, 1937, and sponsored by the Louisville, Kentucky Courer-Journal. Scripps-Howard would not sponsor the Bee until 1941.

Sixteen spellers participated in the competition, held in the auditorium of the National Museum. The winner was 14-year-old Waneeta Beckley of Kentucky, correctly spelling the word promiscuous. Second place went to Betty Grunstra, age 12 of New Jersey, who misspelled plebeian. Third place went to 14-year-old Angelo Mangieri from Jersey City, New Jersey, the first blind person to reach the finals.

Beckley won $500, Grunstra took home $300, and Mangieri received $100.


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