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Texas boy spells ‘koinonia’ correctly, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

01 June, 2018, 18:32 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Participants who advanced to the final round gather on stage during the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday

In addition to the trophy, Nemmani will receive $25,000 in cash, trips to NY and Hollywood as part of a spelling bee media tour, a pizza party for his classmates at Scoggins Middle School and a complete Merriam-Webster reference library.

After Sravanth Malla, 14, of Haverstraw, N.Y., misspelled "cento", the Bee was down to its final five competitors in round 12 of the competition overall.

Mattie's correct spelling of the medical word "quartan" - denoting a mild form of malaria causing a fever that recurs every third day - advanced her to Round 3. "Nilla Rajan (bottom center) celebrates as another competitor gets her words right and Brody Dicks (bottom left) racks his brains to correctly spell 'caudation" correctly.

Her close friend, Jashun Paluru of West Lafayette, Indiana, finished fourth, spelling with flair and spending most of his time in between words chatting animatedly with Naysa.

That's a record number of spellers for the prime-time finals, and it could mean a late-night finish to a longer-than-usual week. It was the largest group in contest history to advance to the championship finals.

In the end, the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee was between two Texans whose parents had come to the United States from India.

Erin Howard, 13, of Huntsville, Ala., who tied for seventh a year ago, misspelled "funest", adding an extra "e" at the end of the word. Moreover, a change in how spellers were invited to this year's bee drew hundreds more spellers than in past years.

After receiving his trophy on stage, the eighth-grader said he felt "really happy". They ranged in age from 11-14.

Karthik and Naysa were the last two standing of the initial 516 spellers.

It was her first trip to the competition, and she said she was taking it "one word at a time", focusing on each one she was assigned to spell. And some states, such as Montana, sent only one victor to the nationals while others, like OH, sent 18.

Simone qualified for the national bee by winning the Miami Herald's annual competition.

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