Sample of their lexicon
Here's just a sample of the words the students had to grapple with at the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Spelling Bee:
Scenario (the winning word) (noun): a sketch, outline, or description of an imagined situation or sequence of events.
Vulcanize (verb): to treat crude India rubber with sulfur and subject it to intense heat.
Pangolin (noun): animal of southern Asia and Africa that has a body covered with large thorny scales, a small head with an elongated snout, a long, sticky tongue for catching ants and termites, and a tapering tail.
Geta (noun): wooden shoes worn by the Japanese, with thongs between the big toe and the small toes.
Boswell (noun): a constant companion or attendant who witnesses and records what a person does.
Roughhewn (adjective): roughly hewn or shaped out, roughly wrought; lacking the finishing process.
Acme (noun): the highest point or culmination.
Definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary