Former Chiddix student wins national spelling bee

Former Chiddix student wins national spelling bee

In the first round, almost half of the finalists misspelled their words, including several crowd favourites such as Tara Singh, a 13-year-old from Kentucky who was competing at her fifth and final national bee. The winning word was "koinonia".

This year's contest had the maximum number of competitors - 516.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, smiles as he wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. "She deserved the trophy as much as I did", Nemmani told The Associated Press.

"I had confidence, but I didn't really think it would happen", Nemmani said moments after receiving his trophy at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.

While Vinay beat out almost 300 contestants for the top prize in 2017, this year's competition allowed for a record 516 children to show off their spelling abilities-all thanks to a new program, dubbed RSVBee.

Shruthika Padhy, a seventh grader at Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, finished in 12th place after misspelling paillasson, which Merriam-Webster defines as "coarsely woven natural or synthetic straw used for hats".

Karthik said he went 20 rounds toe-to-toe with Naysa in their local Bee, only to be invited to the National Spelling Bee through the RSVBee programme where they would again square off on stage, the Spelling Bee said in a statement. But he didn't pretend to be infallible, saying there were about eight or nine words in the prime-time finals he didn't know - a rare admission for a champion.

Karthik is the 14th consecutive Indian-American competition champion.

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She said she struggled with the "ae" because that's not normally seen in German.

Her finish is one of the best ever by a speller from Riverside County in the bee.

Karthik, for his part, took no extra satisfaction in vanquishing a familiar foe.

"I tried to take it in a good way", he said. "We weren't against each other".

The Bee reached its final two spellers in round 17. Those spellers remained flawless for a round before Navneeth Murali, 12, of Edison, N.J., spelled incorrectly "gelinotte".

Bautista spelled her words correctly in rounds two and three, "clogwyn" and "wrangler", but her score in the preliminaries was not high enough to make the finals.