A Spelling Bee Runs Out Of Hard Words, Crowns 8 Co-Champions

Students Compete In Annual National Scripps Spelling Bee

What do you do when you run out of words at the Scripps National Spelling Bee? You don’t declare just one winner – you crown eight co-champions! In an extraordinary situation, the kids went the final five rounds without misspelling a single word.

Dr. Jacques Bailly said they "threw the dictionary” at those eight children, and the champions “showed the dictionary who was boss.” The kids: Rishik GandhasriErin HowardSaketh SundarShruthika PadhySohum SukhatankarAbhijay KodaliChristopher Serrao and Rohan Raja spelled the final 47 words correctly in all.

As for the cash? While the Bee had originally planned to split the first- and second-place money in the event of a tie, this historic situation means that EACH speller was given the full $50,000 cash prize, in addition to a Scripps Cup.

Source: ESPN Image © 2019 GettyImages

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