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Jackson victor ousted in final round of National Spelling Bee preliminaries

02 June 2018, 12:57 | Marta Robbins

Participants who advanced to the final round gather on stage during the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday

Participants who advanced to the final round gather on stage during the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday

Karthik Nemmani spelled "koinonia" to win the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md.

Scripps' Spelling Bee additionally offers an interactive way to seemingly view the competition outside of ESPN.

Third place contestant, Abhijay Kodali, is also from Texas.

Karthik and his family lived in Bloomington-Normal from 2006 until late 2016, said family friend Jay Tummala of Normal. The prime time finals featured 11 students who had previously been to the national contest.

It has seven letters, its comes from Yiddish and it was a question at the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals this week in Maryland.

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

One of the words Smith spelled correctly earlier Thursday night was thymiaterion, defined as a vessel used by ancient Greeks to burn incense, according to the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.

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The victor of the bee receives $40,000 and a trophy from the Scripps Bee, a $2,500 cash prize and a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, trips to NY and Hollywood as part of a media tour, and a pizza party for their school, the Washington Post said. He takes home more than $42,000 in cash and prizes. Contestants started the three-day bee on Tuesday this year - an extra day was added this year to accommodate the number of contestants. The national bee, now in its 93rd year, has become so popular that the bee organizers have had to do some reorganization.

Saagar, 13, Battle Creek Lakeview Middle School eighth-grader, earned a trip to the national bee by winning the represent the 2018 MLive/Jackson Citizen Patriot Spelling Bee on March 13.

Google Trends has a released a new map of "America's Most Misspelled Words", and the word that CT residents search for the most is "sincerely". "I wanted to watch", he said with a laugh.

After her defeat, she was swarmed by dozens of current and former spellers who wished her well, smiling throughout. "She deserved the trophy as much as I did", Nemmani told The Associated Press.

Karthik, for his part, took no pleasure in vanquishing a familiar foe. The 50 kids with the best preliminary test score and best onstage score in rounds two and three advance to the coveted final round.

This year, 41 of the orginal 516 spellers made it to the first round of the the finals.



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