It was a tie at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. They crowned co-champions for the second year-in-a-row on Thursday night.
Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam won the competition. The 13-year-olds went back and forth for 10 rounds until the judges ran out of words.
Vanya's final word was “Scherenschnitte.” It means the art of cutting paper into decorative designs.
Gokul's word was “Nunatak.” It means a hill or a mountain surrounded by ice. He didn't even hesitate when he spelt it out to be crowned co-champion.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked him, "You didn't ask for a description. You didn't ask for it to be used in a sentence. Did you know the word?"
He replied, "Yeah, I just didn't want to keep everyone waiting."
Trent then said, "You guys are wordsmith superstars. Congratulations!"
Vanya said, "We worked so hard and we finally get to enjoy this moment and that is really great!"
And who knew spelling could be so nail biting. One contestant had just seconds to spare before he spelled his word. He got it correct and it was a spelling bee buzzer beater.
When another contestant, Dev, was finally knocked out, he became the very definition of a gracious loser when he embraced his mom and sister.
However, when contestant Cole was knocked out, his mom moves in to console him with a kiss and he denied her the opportunity. He was just too c-o-o-l to get kissed by mom on national TV!
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