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Texas teen wins National Spelling Bee

Texas teen wins National Spelling Bee

Texas teen wins National Spelling Bee

The championship was won at 10:41 p.m.by Karthik Nemmani, 14, an eighth grader from McKinney, Texas, who correctly spelled the word "koinonia", which Merriam-Webster defines as an "intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community".

Let's set the stage: Karthik had never been to the Spelling Bee before, making him a true outsider and elusive threat.

Vermont's spelling champion Raghav Dhandi made it through three rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., before being eliminated on Wednesday.

Of the past 23 champions, 19 have had Indian heritage.

Karthik admits he did not know how to spell about eight or nine words that came up during the prime-time finals, but he did know "koinonia".

This isn't the first time Karthik and Naysa have contested for a title - in fact, both of them live near Dallas, Texas, and Naysa won over Karthik in their county's spelling bee. Last year, she competed and tied for 189th place. In addition to the trophy, he gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Aisha Randhawa, 12, from Corona, Calif., celebrates spelling her word correctly during the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018.

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Preliminaries for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which took place May 29-30, consisted of a written test and two rounds of onstage oral spelling.

The National Bee is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test as much as a nerd spelling match and spellers spend months preparing for it.

"He deserves it. He would have beaten me, definitely", Sri said. Add National Spelling Bee as an interest to stay up to date on the latest National Spelling Bee news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

She said she struggled with the "ae" because that's not normally seen in German.

Atman correctly spelled cantico in round two and vitascope in round three.

A record-shattering 516 spellers qualified - compared to 291 the year before. In the competition's seventh round, she slipped up on the word mydriasis, which is an excessive or prolonged dilatation of the pupil of the eye.

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