Dig Deeper - After The Bee

The Lyric Arts production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is in full swing and audiences are loving the side-splitting antics of the outrageous characters.   The show is inspired by the stories behind over 90 years of the National Scripps Spelling Bee.  The Scripps program takes place on two levels - local and national.  Sponsors organize spelling bee programs in their locales and then send champions to the finals in Washington, D.C.  The show tells the story of a fictional local middle school bee and the kids competing to be sent to nationals.

Competition at all levels is intense, but especially so of the nationals.  The winner receives almost $40,000 in cash prizes and national recognition, but where are they now?  Here are a just a few of the winners from over the years and what happened next...

1973 WINNER BARRIE TRINKLE WENT TO MIT, SPENT MORE THAN A DECADE AT NASA'S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY, WORKED AS AN EDITOR AT AMAZON, AND IS NOW A FREELANCE EDITOR.

1973 WINNER BARRIE TRINKLE WENT TO MIT, SPENT MORE THAN A DECADE AT NASA'S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY, WORKED AS AN EDITOR AT AMAZON, AND IS NOW A FREELANCE EDITOR.

1998 winner Napur Lala was a star of the 2002 documentary "Spellbound."  She went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Sciences and is currently attending medical school.

1998 winner Napur Lala was a star of the 2002 documentary "Spellbound."  She went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Sciences and is currently attending medical school.

2008 winner Sameer Mishra ran the spelling bee's social media last year, live-tweeting every word in the competition.  He's now an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley and is attending Columbia University.

2008 winner Sameer Mishra ran the spelling bee's social media last year, live-tweeting every word in the competition.  He's now an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley and is attending Columbia University.