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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?