Countdown to the National Spelling Bee begins! Watch on ESPN May 29 through 31

The countdown to the National Spelling Bee has begun! Preliminaries are scheduled for May 30, with Finals being held on May31. This year, 278 spellers will compete for the title of 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.

Want to watch? The full competition schedule is as follows:

Round One Test
Various times throughout the morning
Tuesday, May 29

Wednesday, May 30, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Live on

Thursday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Live on ESPN2

Championship Finals
Thursday, May 31, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT
Live on ESPN

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