Hexco at the National Spelling Bee: Fast Facts

Hexco at the National Spelling Bee: Fast Facts

Published by Beth Mader on 21st Apr 2021

To date, 32 National Spelling Bee (NSB) champions have used Hexco products, counting the ties along the way and 7 of the 8 octo-champs in 2019.


  • Hexco products have been used by NSB champions for 20 years in a row!
  • Annually, about 50% of the contestants at the NSB use Hexco products.
  • 100% of the words in the final round of the 2019 NSB could be found in New Nat's Notes.
  • 88% of the finalists at the 2019 NSB used the Blitz Lists.
  • Over the last four years, 92% of NSB finalists had at least one Hexco product.
  • In 2019, there were 24 words that were new or changed and found only online, and Webster Detector contained 10 of these.
  • In both 2018 and 2019, 86% of words at the NSB were in at least one Hexco product.


  • In 2019, 94% of those who advanced to the finals on ESPN were Hexco customers, and 31% of the finalists were coached.
  • 62 NSB contestants were coached by Hexco in 2019.
  • Three NSB champions participated in the Crash Course: 2019 octo-champion Shruthika Padhy, 2017 champion Ananya Vinay, and 2015 champion Gokul Venkatachalam. All three spellers were also in the Personal Spelling Coach (PSC) program.

Top-notch products:

  • Verbomania – 13,398 words total - random sequence with index or alpha sequence - primarily vocabulary enriching words
  • Paideia – 11,818 words total - organized by Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced levels - words from beginning, intermediate and advanced levels
  • New Nat's Notes – 18,067 words total - random sequence with index or alpha sequence - difficult words used at National and Regional Bee from most of the last 40 years plus similar words
  • Blitz List – 12,000 words total - random sequence (New! Blitz 4!) - difficult words not used at prior bees or in published lists, at least until these were published - some have been used in last 5 years
  • Webster Detector – 2,506 words total - random sequence - difficult words that were NOT in the printed Webster's Third New International, but are not in the Online Merriam Webster

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Good luck and good spelling!