Texas is home to many great things, such as the world’s best barbecue, some of the toughest high school football in the nation, fantastic music and championship spellers.
On May 31 and June 1, the 95th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, the culmination of a series of local spelling tournaments taken on by students all over the country, will finish at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
Using Wikipedia’s list of Scripps National Spelling Bee champions, BetTexas.com — your home to coverage of Texas sports betting issues — broke down which states are home to the most champions and the Lone Star State came up No. 1.
Where Are The Best Spellers From?
It looks like there will be no legal sports betting in the state for the foreseeable future. But when wagering does become legal, BetTexas.com will have reviews for Texas betting apps.
Seven Texans Crowned in Last Eight Years
In the past eight competitions since 2014, someone from Texas has won the championship in five of those years and there have been seven Texans crowned champion in that time. In 2019, there was an eight-way tie for first place and three of those winners were Texans.
The champion in 2022 was Harini Logan from San Antonio.
One reason Texas ranks so high is because it’s home to the second-largest Indian-American population in the United States. That’s important because children of South Asian descent were 10 of the 12 finalists in the 2022 competition won by Logan.
According to a story this year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Indian-American population in Texas nearly doubled between 2010 and 2020 from 230,842 to 434,221 to make up 1.5 percent of the state’s population.
Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.