2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Ends in Tie

Scripps National Spelling Bee tie

Sports championships usually don’t end in ties.  Luckily for Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, the Scripps National Spelling Bee isn’t a sport.

So how does the Scripps National Spelling Bee end in a draw, you ask?  Well, after Sriram, 14, and Ansun, 13, spelled 12 words correctly in a row, there were no more remaining words on the list of 25 that are designated for the championship rounds.  That meant for the first time since 1962, and for just the fourth time in the event’s 89-year history, the National Spelling Bee would have co-champions.

For their ability to spell words like “stichomythia” and “feuilleton”—which were the final words spelled by Sriram and Ansun, respectively—each of them earned their very own Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy (no, they don’t have to share the one) and over $33,000 in cash and prizes.

That’s quite the payoff for being able to spell words that no one ever uses, don’t you think?

Hat Tip – [ESPN]


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