Rare Tie at the Scripps National Spelling Bee
For the first time in 52 years, the National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie. Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were declared the co-champions when they each spelled the final two words correctly. That's right, they literally ran out of words.
"If you spell this word correctly, we will declare you and Sriram co-champions," said Dr. Jacques Bailly, Pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The final word was "feuilleton".
But the kid who really stole the show was fifteen-year-old Jacob Williamson. He made it all the way to the top ten before mispelling "kabaragoya".
"I thought I knew that word but I guess I didn't," said Williamson.