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It’s that time of the year again – time for the Scripps National Spelling Bee semi-finals! This year, hundreds of children from around the nation and the world are competing to earn a spot in the finals. The semi-finals will be taking place tonight at 8 p.m. EDT on ION.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an exciting annual event. It started back in 1925 when nine newspapers jointly hosted a spelling bee. Since then, the Spelling Bee has grown and evolved into the globally respected competition it is today. Over the years, spellers have come to the Bee from all 50 states and US territories, as well as several other countries including Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, and South Korea.

The winner of this year’s Spelling Bee is 14-year-old Harini Logan from San Antonio, Texas. Harini is already an impressive speller, having won the National Spelling Bee Foundation Junior Spelling Bee National Champion in 2019 and being named Alameda County Champion in 2020. She stamped her name into history this year as she correctly spelled the word “hegemonic”, winning the title of 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.

Tonight, the semi-finals will begin with the remaining spellers, who have worked hard all year to prepare for this moment, competing to move on to the Finals. It’s sure to be an exciting night full of challenging words and nervous spellers.

If you are interested in watching the semi-finals, they are streaming live on ION at 8 p.m. EDT. Everyone is encouraged to tune in and cheer on these amazing young spellers as they take their first step towards the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.