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National Spelling Bee declares 8 co-champions
after 20 rounds, in historic first

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 5/31/2019 3:30:33 AM

After a historic 20 rounds, eight competitors were named co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sixteen kids had advanced to the finals Thursday, pared down from 50 competitors after 5 1/2 hours of competition in Oxon Hill, Md. The winners were Rishik Gandhasri, 13; Erin Howard, 14; Saketh Sundar, 13; Shruthika Padhy, 13; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13; Abhijay Kodali, 12; Christopher Serrao, 13 and Rohan Raja, 13. The finalists spelled their way through challenging words, often relying on the Greek and Latin roots and word origins to identify the correct letters, in an effort to win $50,000 in cash and prizes.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MeiDei 5/31/2019 3:45:12 AM (No. 87422)
Congratulations to the co-champs! The judges should have their own test: spelling each champion's name.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: ROLFNader 5/31/2019 5:47:16 AM (No. 87471)
Can you spell 'participation trophy'? In other words, there wasn't a champion.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: F15 Gork 5/31/2019 6:16:45 AM (No. 87488)
How about another round?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 5/31/2019 6:56:47 AM (No. 87523)
it would've been interesting to see how many rounds it would take to find a single winner. Just make sure there are breaks, and be prepared for the competition to last days and weeks. The 'Ironman' Spelling Bee!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Newtsche 5/31/2019 7:22:36 AM (No. 87547)
Nine if you count me. If you too want to be a champion, the sky's the limit.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: tom7 5/31/2019 8:00:22 AM (No. 87599)
There was even a non-Indian among the 8. It obviously was too easy of a competition.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 5/31/2019 8:50:45 AM (No. 87652)
Spelling can only be mastered by frequent reading. Most white kids no longer read or white adults for that matter. Hence the disappearance of the huge book store chains. That said, these kids were cheated of a winner.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 5/31/2019 10:24:55 AM (No. 87772)
80% Indian kids. I suspect a lot of hard work and study, prodded by a "school is important" family environment are the root causes here. Looks like the Indian families are pushing studying hard as a 'family value' more than other ethnic groups. Well done to all of them. I'll bet a lot of parents spent a lot of time helping all the kids with their spelling study and practice.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 5/31/2019 10:26:17 AM (No. 87773)
#6, Erin Howard doesn't sound Indian to me. And neither does Christopher Serrao, although I am unsure about that one.
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