It was a prodigious and flabbergasting end result.
In a historic flip of occasions, the 2019 Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee resulted in an eight-way tie. The eight finalists, starting from ages 12 to 14, went 20 consecutive rounds with out misspelling a phrase. That’s when it was declared by Dr. Jacques Bailly, the Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee’s official announcer, that every one remaining contestants could be named “co-champions,” in response to Time.
The successful phrase for every champion had been: auslaut, erysipelas, bougainvillea, aiguillette, pendeloque, palama, cernuous, and odylic.
There have been three different situations of Spelling Bee ties in 2014, 2015 and 2016, though every of these solely noticed two co-champions, which fits to indicate simply how unprecedented it was to have eight winners this 12 months. The prize for first place is $50,000 and a trophy, however somewhat than splitting the winnings, every co-champion will obtain the total $50,000 and their very own trophy.
The competitors happened in Washington D.C. and noticed 562 spellers from all over the world take a look at their grammatical mettle. The primary leg of the competitors examined the children on vocabulary and spelling abilities, after which there have been two rounds of oral spelling competitors. The highest 50 finishers then moved on to the ultimate showdown. It was 5 and a half hours earlier than the highest 16 was determined, after which one other three and a half hours earlier than the competitors got here to its unprecedented shut.
And the winners are…
Rishik Gandhasri, age 13, from San Jose, California Erin Howard, age 14, from Huntsville, Alabama Saketh Sundar, age 13, from Clarksville, Maryland Shruthika Padhy, age 13, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey Sohum Sukhatankar, age 13, from Dallas, Texas Abhijay Kodali, age 12, from Flower Mound, Texas Christopher Serrao, age 12, from Whitehouse Station, New Jersey Rohan Raja, age 13, from Irving, Texas
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