National Spelling Bee ends in a tie Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, left, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate as they wait for the rest of their families to join them on stage after being named co-champions of the National Spelling Bee
National Spelling Bee ends in a tie
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Two spellers have been declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was the first tie in 52 years.

Indian-Americans Sriram Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe of Texas shared the title Thursday. After they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row, they both were named champions.

Their victories make it seven years in a row and 12 out of 16 that a speller of Indian descent has won.

Sriram finished in third place last year. Ansun just missed the semifinals last year. They become the fourth co-champions in the bee's 89-year history and the first since 1962.

Sriram, 14, opened the door to 13-year-old Ansun after he misspelled "corpsbruder," a close comrade. But Ansun was unable to take the title. He got "antigropelos" wrong. It means waterproof leggings.

Each will receive a trophy to take home. And each gets the champion's haul of more than $33,000 in cash and prizes.

Gokul Venkatachalam of Missouri finished third and Ashwin Veeramani of Ohio was fourth.

Critical thinking challenge: What skills do you learn by studying the spelling of peculiar words?

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COMMENTS (65)
  • abigailb-3
    5/30/2014 - 01:15 p.m.

    This article is about two spellers have been awarded the co-champions of Scripps National Spelling Bee. This was the first tie in 52 years between a fourteen and thirteen year old boys. Both of then won a cash award and trophy. I think this article is very cool and i wish i could spell that good.

  • AnnikaH-2
    5/30/2014 - 03:41 p.m.

    In summary, two people were named winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. They were the first to tie in 52 years. They were both of Indian descent. Both made off with big prizes.
    I think it is cool that two people were able to win.

  • ChaseB-1
    5/30/2014 - 04:28 p.m.

    Two spellers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee won the event. It was the first tie in 52 years. They become the fourth co-champions in the 89-year history. Both winners are Indian-Americans and spelled a dozen words correctly in a row before they were named champions. Each will receive a trophy to take home and more than $33,000 in cash and prizes. That is pretty amazing. I never thought a tie could happen. They both deserve the cash!

  • ClaireG-4
    5/30/2014 - 04:50 p.m.

    This article is about how a national spelling bee ended in a tie this year. Both contestants have been in the bee before and became co-champions. They are 13 and 14 year old boys and have been the first to tie since 1962. They are the 7th people to tie in the competition overall.
    This article is really cool! It reminded me of Ahkella and the Bee.

  • EvanF-2
    5/30/2014 - 06:00 p.m.

    Two Indian Americans have been named the spelling champions at this year's annual spelling bee. This was the 7th year in a row that the winner(s) had Indian descent. A thirteen and fourteen year old tied this year, and both took home over 33,000 dollars in prize money.
    I think this is very interesting that Indians are usually the ones that win these spelling bees. It shows that Indians are very intelligent and just are stereotyped as unintelligent nomads.

  • KieranS-4
    5/30/2014 - 06:34 p.m.

    Two spellers tied at the national spelling bee for the first time in 52 years. After they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row, they were both declared winners. Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were the winners this year. Sriram finished third last year. Ansum missed semifinals last year. They will both get a trophy to go home and each get $33,000 in cash and prizes.

    That seems like a lot of money to spell words. I wonder what these kids are going to do when they grow up.

  • RickyQ-4
    5/30/2014 - 06:37 p.m.

    Two kids have tyed in a spelling bee Indian-Americans Sriram Hathaway and Ansun Sujoe of Texas. That each went home with more than $33,000 and a trophy. They both became the fourth co-champions in its 89 years of existing.

    That is a lot of words for them to spell I can't believe that. I don't think that I can even get in to a spelling bee without failing.

  • kaleac-3
    5/30/2014 - 06:40 p.m.

    This article is about a spelling bee that ended in a tie. The two boys were named Ansun and Sriram and were 13 and 14 years old. These boys participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This years spelling bee was broken for the first time in 52 years. Both won a trophy and $33,000 to take home.

    I can't believe they both tied! They each spelled 12 words correctly and they were very difficult. These kids must have had a lot of pressure on them while they were spelling.

  • kaleac-3
    5/30/2014 - 06:41 p.m.

    This article is about a spelling bee that ended in a tie. The two boys were named Ansun and Sriram and were 13 and 14 years old. These boys participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This years spelling bee was broken for the first time in 52 years. Both won a trophy and $33,000 to take home.

    I can't believe they both tied! They each spelled 12 words correctly and they were very difficult. These kids must have had a lot of pressure on them while they were spelling.

  • FayeA-5
    5/30/2014 - 06:53 p.m.

    This article is about how there is now two winners of the national spelling bee because it ended in a tie. The winner are a 13 and 14 year old boys. I think it is really cool that there are two winners and i am glad for them. I like how they allowed them to both win, instead of picking just one.

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