Dr. Scott Isaacs:
1989 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion
Scott’s story began at a shopping mall in Englewood, CO in September of 1983 . His second grade teacher, Mrs. Zen, mentioned to his parents that he was unusually gifted with a great spelling ability. So one day Scott and his parents found a spelling bee competition at a shopping mall. He enrolled and won his first spelling bee with the word “population,” and just like that he was hooked.
Winning the 1989 National Spelling Bee was the most exciting, and thrilling moment of Scott’s life . After the hours of painstaking, diligent studying and a little bit of luck, it finally paid off for Scott.
Since the 1989 win, Scott has been involved with spelling bees in many ways. He’s been a judge, a pronouncer, an escort for spellers who have missed their word, a guest speaker, a written test grader, a coach, and even a press representative for USA Today, covering the 1990 National Spelling Bee . He then worked on the staff for the National Spelling Bee for a few years in the mid-1990s. The only job Scott didn’t want to have is as a bell-ringer in competitions.
When Scott left the bee staff, he still enjoyed watching the competition each year. He would continue to test himself against the new set of words. He enjoyed the thrill of seeing spellers get words right, while commiserating with those who missed . The bee is a big part of Scott’s life. He finds the English language fascinating, and he was hooked from the beginning after winning his first bee with the word “population.” He hopes to share his experience with many students in the future.
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