Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

'Koinonia' means victory for wildcard entry at Scripps National Spelling Bee

'Koinonia' means victory for wildcard entry at Scripps National Spelling Bee

The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn't the conclusion that many expected.

Aritra Banerjee of Rocky Hill spelled "asytrocyte" and Arin Bhandari of West Haven spelled "congratulatory" to advance. She'll be in eighth grade, which is the final school year that spellers are eligible.

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This was Christopher's second straight year in the national bee, after winning the 2017 and 2018 Discover Lehigh Valley regional spelling bee at Northampton Community College.

"She's a really, really good speller".

Nemmani, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Texas, spelt "koinonia" correctly for his victory on Thursday night after second place victor, 12-year-old Naysa Modi, got "bewusstseinslage" wrong.

The victor of the bee receives $40,000 and a trophy from the Scripps Bee, a $2,500 cash prize (and a complete reference library) from Merriam-Webster, trips to NY and Hollywood as part of a media tour, and a pizza party for their school. It marked the first time the child of a previous champion competed in the national finals.

"I had confidence, but I didn't really think it would happen", Nemmani said moments after receiving his trophy at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington.

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Karthik is the 14th consecutive Indian-American champion, and 19 of the past 23 winners have had Indian heritage.

The bee started with 512 spellers, who took a written exam and spelled a word on stage Tuesday, May 29.

Paul Hamrick, 14, from Monterey, Calif., pauses as he spells a word correctly during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. But her mother noted that Reagan "is only a seventh-grader, so she hopes she will be back" for the national spelling bee next year. The final, which had 16 spellers, went on for 18 rounds.

The massive field of spellers began competing in earnest Tuesday by taking a written test so hard that there were no ideal scores this year.

Of the past 23 champions, 19 have had Indian heritage.

"She was just as graceful as she could be", bee program manager Corrie Loeffler said.

During prime time on ESPN, she spelled arrhostia and gnomonics before missing her word.

"I already studied this morning", Atman said Thursday morning.

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