The word that eliminated Lehigh Valley spelling bee champ from national finals

The word that eliminated Lehigh Valley spelling bee champ from national finals

The word that eliminated Lehigh Valley spelling bee champ from national finals

Two Connecticut students qualified for the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but ultimately didn't make it to the end.

Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, was declared champion of the 2018 Scripps US National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, winning on the word "koinonia".

"I just try not to think about it", said Naysa Modi, a 12-year-old from Texas, competing in her fourth national bee, when asked about whether she might be a favourite to win this year.

The first-place prize this year includes $40,000 cash and an engraved trophy along with a trip to NY to appear on the ABC talk show Live With Kelly and Ryan. And third-place finisher Abhijay Kodali lives in Flower Mound, another 40 miles west.

That's a record number of spellers for the prime-time finals, and it could mean a late-night finish to a longer-than-usual week.

Spellers who have advanced to the evening round pose for a group picture after round eight of the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center May 31, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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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.

"She deserved the trophy as much as I did", Karthik said. The hundreds of precocious spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, stepped out from all 50 states.

The dramatic final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee are set to begin.

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

This year, 41 of the orginal 516 spellers made it to the first round of the the finals. She first competed in the bee as a cherubic 9-year-old.

Google recently compiled a list of the top searches that included the phrase "how to spell" from the previous year. And some states, such as Montana, sent only one victor to the nationals while others, like OH, sent 18. But then the three-time Missoula County spelling bee champion will once again hit the books.

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