(CNN)Here is some background information about the National Spelling Bee, held in the spring every year in Washington, DC.
May 26-May 28, 2015 - The 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee is held.
Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Missouri, and Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, are named co-champions of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, the second set of co-champions in two years.
Contestants must be 15 or younger and must not have passed beyond the eighth grade.
Winning words have included: Laodicean, luge, therapy, croissant, milieu, lyceum, kamikaze, antediluvian, chiaroscurist, logorrhea, Purim, and knack.
A $30,000 cash prize from Scripps as well as the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy.
A $2,500 U.S. savings bond and reference library from Merriam-Webster.
Eleven hundred dollars in reference works from Encyclopædia Britannica.
1925 - The Louisville Courier-Journal starts the event with nine contestants. Frank Neuhauser is the first winner, after spelling gladiolus correctly.
1941 - Scripps Howard assumes sponsorship of the program.
1943-1945 - There is no National Spelling Bee due to World War II.
There were co-champions in 1950, 1957, 1962, 2014, and 2015.