'Cholent' makes an appearance at Scripps National Spelling Bee

'Cholent' makes an appearance at Scripps National Spelling Bee

'Cholent' makes an appearance at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Fourteen-year- old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, won the bee. But then the three-time Missoula County spelling bee champion will once again hit the books.

The third through sixth places went to Abhijay Kodali, Jashun Paluru, Navneeth Murali and Sravanth Malla.

"It's what I've been dreaming of for years now", Nemmani said.

The 16 remaining spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee are back on stage and ready to continue spelling until a champion emerges.

The past 13 champions and 18 of the last 22 have been Indian-American, and that trend could easily continue.

One of the words Smith spelled correctly earlier Thursday night was thymiaterion, defined as a vessel used by ancient Greeks to burn incense, according to the Scripps National Spelling Bee website.

Smith tied for 189th place a year ago.

While Vinay beat out almost 300 contestants for the top prize in 2017, this year's competition allowed for a record 516 children to show off their spelling abilities-all thanks to a new program, dubbed RSVBee.


In 2016, Akash was the youngest speller in the national bee at just 6 years old.

Raghav Dhandi with his father Hari Dhandi and mother Janaki Kasiviswanathan after winning the Vermont spelling bee in March, qualifying him for the national bee in D.C.

After her defeat, she was swarmed by dozens of current and former spellers who wished her well, smiling throughout. At one point in the second round, 21 consecutive kids spelled their words correctly.

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

Her most challenging word so far?

Karthik, for his part, took no pleasure in vanquishing a familiar foe.

"He deserves it. He would have beaten me, definitely", Sri said. "We weren't against each other". Gordy correctly spelled "cadre" in round two but misspelled "philistinism" in round three.

So this year, Scripps Howard created an "invitational" category that added 238 additional spellers to the national competition, bringing the total to a record-setting 516.

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