Over 280 children, ranging from the United States to the Bahamas to Jamaica, will get the chance to become the next Scripps National Spelling Bee champion this week.
That list, of course, will be dwindled after a preliminary test and round on Tuesday and Wednesday, leading up to the finals on Thursday.
The hope among those watching in attendance—and on TV—is that the spelling bee avoids crowning co-champions for a third consecutive year. There are many words to be spelled, so hopefully one sole winner comes out on top this year.
Here's all the information you need to know for the spelling phenomenon that has taken place since 1925.
Scripps National Spelling Bee TV Information
Preliminary Round: Wednesday, May 25—8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Finals (Part 1): Thursday, May 26—10 a.m. ET, ESPN2
Finals (Part 2): Thursday, May 26—8 p.m. ET, ESPN
All states are well-represented at this year's spelling bee. California, for example, has 17 kids taking part in this week's competition. Compare that to Arkansas and Kansas, the home states of last year's winners Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam, who have a combined 12 participants.
And then there are those states and territories that have only one representative. A total of 12 states will only have one representative at the spelling bee hoping for a chance to make the finals.
All of these kids are vying for the $40,000 grand prize, along with other incentives. One of those kids carrying the weight of an entire state on her shoulders is Alyssa Mangio of Las Vegas.
Mangio, a 13-year-old sponsored by Greenspun Media Group, won the Nevada State Spelling Bee and also won a one-year scholarship to Bishop Gorman High School, arguably the best high school in the state of Nevada.
"There are a lot of words, especially the ones with x’s, and it’s kind of difficult," Mangio said, per Bev Llorente of ABS-CBN News. "German words are usually the hardest. French, it’s the definition that gets you off. Other than that, it’s easy."
As expected, Mangio's mom, Monina, is nervous but excited for her daughter.
"It’s all on her so she has to enjoy it. We just have to pray for her, but I’m nervous," Monina said.
She has to clear the preliminary rounds to get to the final stage, but Alyssa has a chance to make history. No one from Nevada has ever won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. With hard work and dedication to the art of spelling, Mangio could very well be the first.