Champions and Their Winning Words, 1925 through 2004

1962 Nettie Crawford, El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas -- esquamulose

1962 Michael Day, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, St. Louis -- esquamulose

1963 Glen Van Slyke III, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville, Tenn. -- equipage

1964 William Kerek, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio -- sycophant

1965 Michael Kerpan Jr., Tulsa Tribune, Tulsa, Okla. -- eczema

1966 Robert A. Wake, Houston Chronicle, Houston -- ratoon

1967 Jennifer Reinke, The Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Neb. -- chihuahua

1968 Robert L. Walters, Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, Kan. -- abalone

1969 Susan Yoachum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas -- interlocutory

1970 Libby Childress, Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel, Winston-Salem, N.C. -- croissant

1971 Jonathan Knisely, Philadelphia Bulletin, Philadelphia -- shalloon

1972 Robin Kral, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, Texas -- macerate

1973 Barrie Trinkle, Fort Worth Press, Fort Worth, Texas -- vouchsafe

1974 Julie Ann Junkin, Birmingham Post-Herald, Birmingham, Alaa. -- hydrophyte

1975 Hugh Tosteson, San Juan Star, San Juan, Puerto Rico -- incisor

1976 Tim Kneale, Syracuse Herald Journal-American, Syracuse, N.Y. -- narcolepsy

1977 John Paola, The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh -- cambist

1978 Peg McCarthy, The Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, Kan. -- deification

1979 Katie Kerwin, Rocky Mountain News, Denver -- maculature

1980 Jacques Bailly, Rocky Mountain News, Denver -- elucubrate

1981 Paige Pipkin, El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas -- sarcophagus

1982 Molly Dieveney, Rocky Mountain News, Denver -- psoriasis

1983 Blake Giddens, El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas -- Purim

1984 Daniel Greenblatt, Loudoun Times-Mirror, Leesburg, Va. -- luge

1985 Balu Natarajan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago -- milieu

1986 Jon Pennington, The Patriot News, Harrisburg, Pa. -- odontalgia

1987 Stephanie Petit, The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh -- staphylococci

1988 Rageshree Ramachandran, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif. -- elegiacal

1989 Scott Isaacs, Rocky Mountain News, Denver -- spoliator

1990 Amy Marie Dimak, The Seattle Times, Seattle -- fibranne

1991 Joanne Lagatta, The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wis. -- antipyretic

1992 Amanda Goad, The Richmond News Leader, Richmond, Va. -- lyceum

1993 Geoff Hooper, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn. -- kamikaze

1994 Ned G. Andrews, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knoxville, Tenn. -- antediluvian

1995 Justin Tyler Carroll, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn. -- xanthosis

1996 Wendy Guey, The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla. -- vivisepulture

1997 Rebecca Sealfon, Daily News, New York -- euonym

1998 Jody-Anne Maxwell, Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers, Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica -- chiaroscurist

1999 Nupur Lala, The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Fla. -- logorrhea

2000 George Abraham Thampy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis -- demarche

2001 Sean Conley, Aitkin Independent Age, Aitkin, Minn. -- succedaneum

2002 Pratyush Buddiga, Rocky Mountain News, Denver -- prospicience

2003 Sai R. Gunturi, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas -- pococurante

2004 David Scott Pilarski Tidmarsh, South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Ind. -- autochthonous

2005 Anurag Kashyap, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, Calif. -- appoggiatura

*Courtesy Scripps National Spelling Bee

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