For the first time since 1945, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been canceled due to the pandemic. The cancelation, unfortunately, means that eighth-graders will miss their final opportunity to compete in the spelling bee. Organizers said they’ll find a way to honor the 150 contestants that won their regional titles for a chance to compete in the nationals. The competition, which first began in 1925, was canceled between 1943-1945 due to World War II. Can you spell well? Did you ever compete in a spelling bee? Which word took you out if you didn’t win?