Spelling Bee

I try to contain my fears, my own insecurities. I want them to shine, even as I’m terrified watching them climb and jump and dream.

When My Kids Go Onstage, I'm More Frightened Than They Are

I’m full of emotions: pride, awe, fear, nerves. The spelling bee first, then the piano recital. Two different kids, same mom. Same me, wanting to prevent my boys from pain and discomfort. Same me, biting my tongue and smiling broadly in support.


"A Bloodbath in the Crying Room": Past Champs Recount the National Spelling Bee

Tied winners have walked away as National Spelling Bee champs. Here, past victors share their own c-r-a-z-y stories.