After almost twenty years as government director of the Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee, Paige Kimble, has resigned from her position. No purpose has been introduced. Sadly, there was no Bee throughout Kimble’s last yr resulting from COVID-19. From the Associated Press:
Like many others with outstanding roles in staging the bee, Kimble is a former speller. She gained the bee in 1981. A yr earlier, she completed second to Jacques Bailly, who’s now the bee’s longtime pronouncer.
Kimble started working for Scripps in 1991, shortly after graduating from school, and have become government director in 1998. Throughout her tenure, the nationwide publicity on ESPN and the quirky charisma of the younger spellers, who can compete by means of the eighth grade, have led to elevated recognition for the competitors[…]
Final yr’s bee led to an unprecedented eight-way tie after Scripps ran out of phrases troublesome sufficient to problem the elite spellers remaining on stage. Some observers argued that the bee had failed in its mission, however Kimble characterised the end result as a triumph.