7 Female Spelling Bee Champs: Where Are They Now?
Two contestants were declared winners Thursday at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee: Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, and Vanya Shivashankar, 13.
Over the competition's 90-year history, there's been a large number of challenging words and talented spellers who've fearlessly taken them on.
In 1926, Pauline Bell became the first female winner when she correctly spelled the word "cerise." Luckily, she wasn't the last. Girls have definitely dominated the "bee" throughout the years.
Check out some of these former National Spelling Bee champions in the gallery above to find out what they're up to today.
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Anamika Veeramani | 2010 Winner Winning word: stromuhr She is currently attending Yale University and is the founder of En Kephalos Science Journal, the first online science journal for and by high school students. Photo Credit: Fred Watkins/ABC via Getty Images
Jody-Anne Maxwell | 1998 Winner Winning Word: chiaroscurist Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she made National Spelling Bee history as the first non-American spelling bee champ. She would later attend UWI's Norman Manley Law School and is now a licensed attorney-at-law. Photo Credit: AP/Ron Edmonds, File
Rebecca Sealfon | 1997 Winner Winning Word: eponym Aside from winning the Spelling Bee, she is remembered for screaming each letter of her final word. Sealfon founded Research Match, a startup that helps professors and students. She is now a software engineer. Photo Credit: AP/Ron Edmonds
Paige Pipkin Kimble | 1981 Winner Winning Word: sarcophagus She was runner-up at the 1980 competition, then won the following year. The National Spelling Bee would go on to follow her in her career — she currently serves as the annual competition's Executive Director. Photo Credit: AP
Katie Kerwin | 1979 Winner Winning Word: maculature Her victory earned her a full scholarship to Colorado College where she graduated with a journalism degree in 1987. Kimble isn't the only one who got involved with the competition later in life. In the early '90s, she became a National Spelling Bee commentator for CNN. When ESPN2 took over broadcasting, Kerwin was their commentator from 1994-2005. Photo Credit: via Health News Colorado
Barrie Trinkle | 1973 Winner Winning Word: vouchsafe After winning the Spelling Bee, she would eventually attend MIT and work at NASA's Jet Propulsion lab for a number of years. Trinkle also previously worked as an editor for Amazon. Photo Credit: Barrie Trinkle via Vox
Susan Yoachum | 1969 Winner Winning Word: interlocutory She went on to become a journalist and was part of a San Jose Mercury News Team that won a Pulitzer in 1989. Photo Credit: via Business Insider