The 9th National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 1933, organized by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Scripps-Howard would not sponsor the Bee until 1941.
The winner was 12-year-old Alma Roach of Twinsburg, Ohio, sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal, correctly spelling the word torsion. George Meltzer (age 14) of New Jersey placed second(missing propitiatory), followed by 13-yeard old Virginia Wood in third (missing holocaust).
Roach won $500 for first place (a drop from the usual $1000), followed by $300 for second, and $100 for third.
The event was broadcast on radio.