One hundred years ago, the National Press Club organized a spelling bee, pitting members of Congress against Washington reporters. In 1913, President Wilson attended, a member of his Cabinet moderated and an Ohio congressman won.
On Sept. 18, 2013, the Press Club is reprising the "Best Speller in the United States" competition, to celebrate Washington, D.C., history, promote education and raise money for the Club's non-profit Journalism Institute. Merriam-Webster will provide the words and the pronouncer. Washington satirist Mark Russell will make a special appearance.