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 are 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. After they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row Thursday, they both were named champions.

A speller of Indian descent has won the title seven years in a row. Sriram and Ansun become the fourth co-champions in the bee's 89-year history. It was the first tie 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. And each gets more than $33,000 in cash and prizes.

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  • John0724-YYCA
    6/02/2014 - 07:27 p.m.

    The Scripps National Spelling Bee had a tie in fifty two years. That is a lot of years. Last time my church had a spelling bee contest I won first place. I studied for like the whole week. Like me the two champions should have practiced a lot. They should be good spellers at there school. They should be rich after getting that huge amount of money. But in the picture there is only one trophy. Who is going to get that trophy is there is two champions?

    6/02/2014 - 07:44 p.m.

    It's quite amazing how two people can win first place for the spelling bee. With this no one feels like they didn't do their best. Both contestants get a trophy and the same recognition.

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    6/23/2014 - 06:18 p.m.

    Wow those two boys got a tie the end of the year!? There has to be a winner at least. I felt very amazed because two boys can't just get a tie. Am I right?

  • John0724-YYCA
    7/31/2014 - 02:47 p.m.

    Ashley, two boys could get a tie and they're both winners. What is so bad about getting a tie. They got a tie because if you read the article they must have been studying hard and they both got a tie. Well I expected a winner too but they both ended in a tie.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    8/07/2014 - 05:15 p.m.

    I think that you should read the comment! You are saying that there should be one winners right? There isn't one. They are both winners and they end in a tie. You just said that there isn't a winner and they are just nothing right. No, you are wrong about that. you need to read the comment and read everything on this article. It says that they are both winners and they both won the spelling bee.

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