The finals were to take place over the week of Memorial Day, from May 24-29,
Scripps National Spelling Bee has officially canceled its this year’s National Finals.
The finals were to take place over the week of Memorial Day, from May 24-29, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Nick Williams, a seventh-grader at Tuscarawas Central Catholic Junior High School in New Philadelphia, was to represent The Canton Repository at the bee after winning its Regional Final Spelling Bee in March.
On March 20, bee officials announced the postponement of the event, and said they hoped to reschedule it later in the year.
But, on Tuesday in a news release, officials said the move is “due to the ongoing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus and uncertainty around when public gatherings will be possible or advisable.”
Over the past few years, more than 500 students took part in the bee, which was held in an auditorium at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. During the final night’s competition, more than 2,000 people gathered in the audience and on stage.
The bee was to mark its 93rd year, and has endured years without competition before. No spelling event took place from 1943-45 due to World War II.