Historic Win: 8 children crowned US National Spelling Bee champions

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee began on 26 May in Maryland and lasted three days

A record number of eight children have been crowned co-champions in the US of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

On Thursday night the finalists, aged 12 to 14, spelled their way through 20 tough rounds of the competition.

Organisers eventually announced that it was a tie, as they had run out of words that were challenging enough.

With six of the winners being Indian-American, it is the 12th year in a row that the bee has been won by children of Indian descent.

And while there have been co-champions before, officials say this is the first time in the competition’s 94-year history that there have been eight winners.

This year’s contest was held in Oxon Hill in Maryland. It began on 26 May and lasted for three days.

 

They had to spell words such as omphalopsychite and geeldikkop

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