The nation's capital will be buzzing with activity this week as 200 spelling bee champions from around the world compete for the national title.
Representing newspapers in the United States, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the spelling champions will be competing for more than $15,000 in cash and other awards.Among the spellers will be Tara Huber, an 11-year-old Vernal student who captured the Utah title by outspelling 39 other youngsters.
A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Huber, the Vernal Middle School student captured the state title in the Deseret News Spelling Bee April 8. She will be the guest of the Deseret News during Bee Week May 29 through June 4. Accompanying her are her parents and three sisters.
The 61st annual National Spelling Bee opens June 1 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Capital Hilton. Those who survive the first day's rounds will advance to a second day of spelling.
The winning speller will receive $1,500 in cash, a trophy cup and an engraved plaque for the champion's school. Other cash awards will be presented to the different winners with each speller receiving at least $50.
But Bee Week will be more than work for the delegates. They will visit historic sites in and around Washington, D.C., including the National Air and Space Museum, National Geographic Building, Gunston Hall and numerous tourist locations.
Climaxing Bee Week will be an awards banquet June 3.