It was a prodigious and amazing result.
By Joshua Yehl
In a historic turn of events, the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in an eight-way tie. The eight finalists, aged between 12 and 14 years, were 20 consecutive rounds without writing a word. At that time it was declared by Dr. Jacques Bailly, the official announcer of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, that all remaining participants would be named "co-champions," according to Time.
The winning words for each champion were: auslaut, erysipelas, bougainvillea, aiguillette, pendeloque, palama, cernuous and odylic.
There have been three other cases of ties from Spelling Bee in 2014, 2015 and 2016, although each of them only saw two champions, which shows how unbelievable it was to have eight winners this year. The prize for the first place is $ 50,000 and a trophy, but instead of dividing the winnings, each co-champion will receive the full $ 50,000 and his own trophy.
The competition was held in Washington DC and saw how 562 spellcasters from around the world tested their grammatical temper. The first part of the competition evaluated the young people with vocabulary and spelling, and then there were two rounds of oral spelling competence. The first 50 finalists went to the final showdown. Five and a half hours pbaded before the top 16 was decided, and then another three and a half hours before the competition came to an unprecedented close.
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And the winners are…
- Rishik Gandhasri, 13 years old, from San José, California
- Erin Howard, age 14, from Huntsville, Alabama
- Saketh Sundar, 13 years old, from Clarksville, Maryland
- Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey
- Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas
- Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas
- Christopher Serrao, 12 years old, from Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
- Rohan Raja, 13 years old, from Irving, Texas
Joshua is Senior Editor of Functions at IGN. If Pokémon, Green Lantern or Game of Thrones are words of frequent use in your vocabulary, you will want to follow it in Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.