Scripps National Spelling Bee has first co-champions since 1962

By Zach Levatino,

Since 1962, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has only seen one contender each year hold the coveted golden cup. This year, at the 87th edition of the tournament at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Maryland, two boys stood together as co-champions surviving through 281 total contestants.

image via Twitter from Hari

Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14 raised the cup after eliminating the 10 other finalists and going through a final list of 25 words, not missing a single letter.

Hathwar’s final word was “stichomythia," a word of Greek origin meaning dialogue given by two actors in alternating lines. Then it all came down to Sujoe’s last word, “feuilleton” according to the AAP, a French word involving a word of fiction catering to popular taste.

When he spelled that correctly, the two boys became the first co-champions in 52 years. Their prize is a golden cup and $30,000 in cash and prizes.

The two champions also became the seventh and eighth children of South Asian heritage to win the spelling bee since 2008, notes the AFP.



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