Newcomer wins National Spelling Bee after 4-time participant botches 'Bewusstseinslage'

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Two 12-year-old girls, one from Cherry Hill and the other from Aston, reached the finals but fell short of the top spot Thursday night at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland. She was participating in her fourth consecutive national spelling bee.

Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, won the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, taking home a $40,000 cash prize after beating the same speller who defeated him at his countywide bee in February.

He then knocked out "haecceitas" (the status of being an individual) before receiving the word that would clinch his win: "koinonia", meaning the Christian fellowship or body of believers. "Nilla Rajan (bottom center) celebrates as another competitor gets her words right and Brody Dicks (bottom left) racks his brains to correctly spell 'caudation" correctly.

Thirteen-year-old Mattie Cull represented Newfoundland and Labrador in Washington, D.C., this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and made it to Round 3 before being eliminated prior to the finals.

Abhijay Kodali, 11, of Flower Mound, Texas, tied for third, lasting until Round 16. The 50 kids with the best preliminary test score and best onstage score in rounds two and three advance to the coveted final round. It marked the first time the child of a previous champion competed in the national finals.

"I would probably run myself into the ground doing this, because I just love doing it", he said. Scripps started a wild-card program this year that created a path to nationals for spellers who didn't win their regional bees, and some of the finalists got to the bee that way.

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He told Bee Week, a Spelling Bee news publication, that there were only about six words that he didn't know all day.

Remmers said her daughter, a seventh-grader at Target Range School, was watching her face when she was on the phone.

A record-shattering 516 spellers qualified - compared to 291 the year before.

The most commonly misspelled word in the United States, carry the number one spot in eleven states, is "beautiful".

Yet amid the bigger Bee, returning spellers continued their dominance, even though a first-time competitor won.

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