13th Scripps National Spelling Bee

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13th National Spelling Bee
Date May 25, 1937
Location National Museum in Washington, D.C.
Winner Waneeta Beckley
Age 14
Residence Kentucky
Sponsor The Courier-Journal
Sponsor location Louisville, Kentucky
Winning word promiscuous
No. of contestants 16
Preceded by 12th Scripps National Spelling Bee
Followed by 14th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 13th National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum on May 25, 1937, and sponsored by the Louisville, Kentucky Courer-Journal. Scripps-Howard would not sponsor the Bee until 1941.

Sixteen spellers participated in the competition, held in the auditorium of the National Museum.[1] The winner was 14-year-old Waneeta Beckley of Kentucky, correctly spelling the word promiscuous. Second place went to Betty Grunstra, age 12 of New Jersey, who misspelled plebeian.[2] Third place went to 14-year-old Angelo Mangieri from Jersey City, New Jersey, the first blind person to reach the finals.[3]

Beckley won $500, Grunstra took home $300, and Mangieri received $100.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b (14 June 1937). Washington Spelling Bee, Life (magazine)
  2. ^ (27 May 1937). P-L-E-B-E-I-A-N Spells $500, Niagara Falls Gazette
  3. ^ (5 June 1937). Win National Spelling Bee, The Guardian (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  4. ^ (17 June 1937). Spelling Champ Wins $500 Prize, The Kalona News, p. 6