The 57th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton on May 30-31, 1984, sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company.
The winner was 13-year old Daniel Greenblatt of Sterling, Virginia, who correctly spelled "luge" for the win. Greenblatt was the first winner ever sponsored by a weekly newspaper, the Loudon Times-Mirror of Leesburg, Virginia. Second place went to 13-year old Amy McWhirter of St. Joseph, Michigan, who missed "towhee."
There were 151 contestants this year (up from 137 the prior year), 78 girls and 73 boys. Fourth-eight spellers made it to the second day of competition. A total of 606 words were used.
The first-place winner received $1000. Alex Cameron was the pronouncer, in his fourth year in that role.