The Scripps National Spelling Bee which was held from Tuesday through Thursday resulted in two winners. The winners are Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe. The tie resulted in the competition due to the simple fact that the spelling list with challenging words for the spellers ran dry. When the spellers had gone after every word on the list, the judges declared that the winners were co-champions, according to a CNN report on Friday.
Hathwar is a 14-year-old who is an eighth grade student from Painted Post, New York. His co-champion Sujoe is a 13-year-old who is a seventh grade student from Fort Worth, Texas. In the final round where both spellers remained standing, Hathwar spelled the word “stichomythia.” Sujoe spelled the word “feuilleton.” For the record, stichomythia is a dialogue which is especially of altercation as delivered by two actors. Feuilleton is defined as part of a European newspaper.
The two kept the tie going earlier in the competition when they both missed their given-words in the same round, according to a CBS News report. Hathwar misspelled “corpsbruder.” Then Sujoe misspelled “antegropelos.” Corpsbruder is a close comrade, and antegropelos means waterproof leggings.
This was not the first time that the national spelling bee event has ended in a tie. However, it has been a very long time since such an occurrence. The first time the spelling bee ended in a tie was in 1950. It happened again in 1957. The last time there were co-champions at the event was 52 years ago in 1962.
Co-winners Hathwar and Sujoe spoke on the “New Day” television broadcast on Friday. Sujoe claims that winning feels pretty good because not only does he get the victory, but he gets to share it with someone else. He said that that means a lot to him. Speaking about the English language, Hathwar said that English is brutal because it incorporates words from other cultures and languages. He says that the spelling bee is really a competition against the dictionary and not against his competitors.
President Barack Obama took to Twitter to make a statement to the two winners. Obama messaged: “Congrats to Ansun and Sriram, the incredible co-champs of the #ScrippsNationalSpellingBee. You make us all proud! –bo” President Obama signs his personal tweets with –bo at the end of them.
This year’s spelling bee included 281 competitive spellers. The spellers came from across the globe, from eight different countries. The competition’s finals were broadcast on ESPN.