Scripps National Spelling Bee Nets Two Winners

Mark Bowen/Scripps National Spelling Bee(NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — Despite the Scripps National Spelling Bee creating new rules this year to try to crown one champion instead of co-champions, the final two spellers Thursday night went the distance as the Bee ran out of words.

The winners of the 89th annual competition -- held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland -- are Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Corning, New York, and Nihar Janga, 11, of Austin, Texas.

The winning words were: Feldenkrais and Gesellschaft

Both champions will receive a $40,000 cash prize, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a reference library from Merriam-Webster, $400 worth of Encyclopedia Britannica products, and a trip to New York City, where they will appear on LIVE with Kelly.

There were 284 contestants total.


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