14-year-old Texan wins National Spelling Bee

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Karthik Nemmani attributed his success to his father and his spelling coach.

In three of the past four Scripps National Spelling Bees, a tie was declared for the championship after the last two competitors exhausted all the words.

Indian-American Karthik Nemmani, was declared champion of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, winning on the word "koinonia" and surviving what was arguably the most intense competition in the contest's 93-year history.

Karthik spelled the word "koinonia" correctly to become the champion late Thursday.

But 12-year-old Naysa blinked immediately, mixing up the single and double "s" in the German-derived word "Bewusstseinslage" - a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components - and 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani seized an opportunity that he wouldn't have had before this year. "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.

The victor of the spelling bee receives more than $40,000 in prize money. And third-place finisher Abhijay Kodali lives in Flower Mound, another 40 miles west.

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The 16 who entered the prime-time portion, televised on ESPN, were those who made it through eight previous rounds, including a written test. 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.

When asked whether having Naysa, who is from Frisco, and other friends at the national finals helped, the unassuming Karthik said: "Yeah, I guess".

Using the top searched "how to spell" words of each state, Google compiled a map that shows which words have given people the most pause in the US.

Aidan won the Treasure State title, which automatically qualified him for the national event, his second appearance there.

She said she struggled with the "ae" because that's not normally seen in German.

Sixteen accomplished spellers have advanced to the prime-time finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, an unusually high number after a morning session that lasted 4? hours. But then the three-time Missoula County spelling bee champion will once again hit the books.

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