The annual Scripps Spelling Bee, the time-honored tradition that pits the nation's best spellers under 14 years-old against one another on live TV, is C-A-N-C-E-L-E-D.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Spelling Bee will be canceled; the last time the event didn't happen was in 1945, because of World War II.

WIVB reports, "The bee will return next year, Scripps said, but that’s little comfort to the eighth-graders who are missing out on their last shot at the national stage. Scripps will not change eligibility requirements for the next bee, which is scheduled for June 1-3, 2021."

For the eighth graders that won't get a chance this year, that S-T-I-N-K-S.