Scripps National Spelling Bee underway

Posted at 5:42 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 18:42:50-04

They call it the Super Bowl of Spelling Bees.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee got underway today in Maryland.

There are eight contestants from Wisconsin who have earned a spot on the national stage.

While there aren't any from Northeast Wisconsin, the whole state will be pulling for the spellers from across the Badger State.

It's a competition that can rattle the nerves of even the best of spellers.

"The first thing that i think about it "oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh it's my turn," one speller said.

"And it's kind of like "woah there" a lot of people here," another said.

A record number of spellers are competing in the spelling bee this year.

The three days of competition will finish with the finals on Thursday.

The top prize is $40,000.