65th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 65th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton on May 27–28, 1992,[2] sponsored by the E.W. Scripps Company.

65th Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Capital Hilton, site of the 65th National Spelling Bee
DateMay 27–28, 1992
LocationThe Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.
WinnerAmanda Goad
ResidenceRichmond, Virginia
SponsorThe Richmond News Leader
Sponsor locationRichmond, Virginia
Winning wordlyceum
No. of contestants227[1]
PronouncerAlex Cameron
Preceded by64th Scripps National Spelling Bee
Followed by66th Scripps National Spelling Bee

The winner was 13 year old Amanda Goad of Richmond, Virginia, spelling "lyceum" for the win.[3][4] Goad had tied for fourth-place in the prior year's bee. Second place went to Todd Erik Wallace from Blackfoot, Idaho, a 14 year old in his fourth consecutive Bee, and who had finished third the prior year.[5]

There were 227 spellers this year (the same as the prior year), 117 girls and 110 boys. 134 survived into the second day of competition.[6] The first place prize was $5,000.[1]

Goad later won $31,200 on the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament in 1996, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005.[7]


  1. ^ a b West, Keith D. (25 May 1992). Will Dress Spell Success for Utah's Bee Contestant, Deseret News
  2. ^ Kastor, Elizabeth (28 May 1992). In May, the Bees are Buzzing, Washington Post
  3. ^ (29 May 1992). 'Knurl' puts N.J. speller in knots, Asbury Park Press
  4. ^ "National Spelling Bee Champions Through the Years". Newsday. May 30, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  5. ^ (29 May 1992). This Winner Is Spelled "G-O-A-D", Oklahoman
  6. ^ (28 May 1992). Duncan stumped in first round, Cumberland Times
  7. ^ National Spelling Bee - A look back at winners from the past ten years - 1992: Amanda Goad, TIME (May 2007)