The first national spelling bee was in 1925. Nine newspapers collaborated to begin the event and in 1941 Scripps took over the sponsorship of the National Spelling Bee and is still the sponsor today. There have been national spelling bees ever since the inception except during the war years of 1943 to 1945. Of the 91 champions over the years of the bee, the split has been pretty equal between the genders with 47 being girls and 44 being boys. Four years there have been co-champions named – 1950, 1957, 1962, and 2014.