Oxon Hill, Md- For the first time in 52 years at the Scripts National Spelling Bee, the annual contest of the brightest young spellers this country has to offer, ended in a tie.
Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas both misspelled words in the final round, and then proceeded to roll through some of the toughest words in the arsenal of the championship word pool.
Some of the words spelled correctly by these two competitors included Skandhas. Hyblaean. Feijoada. Augenphilologie. Sdrucciola. Holluschick. Thyemelici. Paixtle.
Now its probably fair to say 90% of us have no idea what any of these words mean or how to properly spell them, which makes this epic duel of placing letters in the correct order that much more impressive. We can all now take a second to think about the fact that these two boys haven’t yet started high school.
"The competition was against the dictionary, not against each other,'' Sriram said after both were showered with confetti onstage.”I'm happy to share this trophy with him.''
The spirit of the Spelling Bee remains pure after the boys were gracious in sharing the title with each other, each putting one hand on the trophy as they raised it above their heads for pictures. The young men even got a shout out from the White House for their efforts Thursday night via Twitter.
Congrats to Ansun and Sriram, the incredible co-champs of the #ScrippsNationalSpellingBee. You make us all proud! -bo— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 30, 2014
Another development from Thursday night that has the internet world buzzing was one of the most “made for internet” moments in Spelling Bee history.
Kabaragoya- A type of monitor lizard was the word on the table for Jacob Williamson, who upon hearing the tongue twister of a word, exuberantly proclaimed to know how to spell it, which proved costly. Williamson misspelled the word, and he was then thrust into a state of shock as he headed off the stage, ending his bid at a championship.
The moral of the story is that Spelling Bees can end in a tie, and the old adage still stands true, “overconfidence killed the…Kabaragoya?”