The 92nd installment of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition saw a historic outcome on Thursday with the competition ending up with eight co-champions which included six Indian Origin Children. As per reports, this is the first time that such a large tie has happened in the history of the contest. The winners of the competition included Erin Howard, Christopher Serrao, Rishik Gandhasri, Saketh Sundar, Sohum Sukhatankar, Shruthika Padhy, Abhijay Kodali, and Rohan Raja. The decision to stop the competition at round 20 was taken after round 17 of the competition were in all the eight participants were involves in a run of 47 correct words to end the competition. It was decided at a point that although there were a lot of words left in the dictionary, there were only a few words left which were challenging enough for the final three rounds.
Dr. Jacques Baily was reported as saying that they have plenty of words left on the list but will soon run out of words that would challenge the contestants. The final round of the Scripps Spelling Bee Competition went on for more than an hour. The words which were asked to the contestants included Omphalopsychite, Geeldikkop, and auftaktigkeit. Although spell check may not be able to recognize these words the contestants’ answers flawlessly. Each of the eight champions of the Spelling Bee Competition will receive prize money of 50,000 US Dollars.This year’s Scripps Spelling Bee Competition started on Sunday with a total of 562 competitors all of whom were 15 years or younger. The contestants came from all 50 states as well as several other territories and countries which included the Bahamas, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, and South Korea. Most of these competitors attend public schools and the words spelled by them were not a regular middle school spelling test. According to reports, this acclaim takes hours of repetition, coaching from teachers and study of etymology or the origin of the words.