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
Lexile

Assign to Google Classroom

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?

Filed Under:  
Assigned 14 times


COMMENTS (65)
  • jacquelineh-5
    5/30/2014 - 06:55 p.m.

    This article is about two people winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in a tie. The two boys, Ansun and Sriram, both are Indian-Americans, but come from different parts of the country. The to boys both spelled a word incorrectly, but successfully completed all the other winning words. This article reminds me of the movie I saw in Language Arts called, Akeela and the Bee. I found this article to be very interesting and I think that it would be a lot of fun to bee in a spelling contest. These boys must have a lot of fame now.

  • ISABELLAM-ZDE
    5/30/2014 - 07:04 p.m.

    This article is about two spellers who 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 them won a cash award and trophy.

  • RyanB-4
    5/30/2014 - 07:16 p.m.

    To spellers tied in the Scripps national spelling bee championship. It was the first tie and 52 years. Two Indian-American children tied for the championship. After answering many challenging words the two kids ended victorious.
    This is a cool article. I hope one day I could Bee. It's sad how I'm already 14 he can't enter anymore.

  • BlueR-4
    5/30/2014 - 07:26 p.m.

    In the Scripps National Spelling Bee, two people were named co-champions. They are Sriram Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe of Texas. After they both spelled a dozen words correctly in a row, they were both named champions. This hasn't happened in 52 years. I think it it crazy how these people remember those words. I don't know how they do it with so much pressure.

  • RobertC-2
    5/30/2014 - 07:41 p.m.

    Siram Hathwar and Andun Sujo have been given the tilted of champions of the Scripts national spelling bee. They have correctly answered twelve answers in a row. They were the were the first people I'm 54 years to tie the Scripts spelling B. I thought this article is really cool I just want to say that I am proud of these people because I know that I would have absolutely no chance of even getting close to 2 correct words.

  • NathanN-1
    5/30/2014 - 07:52 p.m.

    National spelling bee ends in a tie. This was the first tie in 52 years. This story couldnt of effected me less. I really could not care less. Howevver the children trained hard for this and deserve credit. these children had to qualify from their schools and win victory after victory

  • arista
    5/30/2014 - 08:07 p.m.

    Two spellers have been declared co- champions of the Scrips Nation Spelling Nation Spelling Bee it was the first in 55 year. Siram Hthwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe of Texas bothe Indians declared the trophy on Thursday. They have become the fourth co-champions in the bee's 89-year history and the first since 1962. They will recieve more than 33,000 in cash and prizes.

  • ChirawanM-2
    5/30/2014 - 08:13 p.m.

    There were two winners for the first time in 52 years at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Both Indian-American contestants shared the on Thursday. They were both unable to spell their assigned words and tied. This article caught my eye because this morning my dad read a similar one from the newspaper. Spelling Bees have always astounded me after watching the movie "Akeelah and the Bee."

  • CharlieL-3
    5/30/2014 - 09:02 p.m.

    At the Scipps National Spelling Bee there were two winners for the first time in 52 years. Both Indian-American contestants shared the win on Thursday. They were both sadly unable to spell their assigned words and ended up in a tie. This article really surprised me because I have never heard of two people winning a spelling bee, also if they both couldn't spell their assigned word I found it odd that they both won

  • seiaw-2
    5/30/2014 - 09:29 p.m.

    For the first time in 52 years there were two winners to the national spelling bee contest. This was the fourth time they ever had a co winner in the spelling bee's eighty nine year old history. I'm personally really bad at spelling but I think spelling bee's take lots of talent and patience. I wish I could spell as well as them.

Leave a comment
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Leave a comment