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Wild Card Wins National Spelling Bee

01 June 2018

At February's bee in St. John's, Mattie said she was looking forward to the Scrips Bee and planned to study the dictionary every night in preparation.

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.

Nemmani's win came after fellow Texan, 12-year-old Naysa Modi, was unable to correctly spell bewusstseinslage, a German word meaning "a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components", according to Merriam-Webster. Contrast that to Nemmani's victory that was reported with regular headlines, such as this one in CNN: "Texas teen wins National Spelling Bee".

The last Bay Area speller was eliminated in Round 9, the first evening round.

She successfully spelled "arbitration" on Wednesday.

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The two remaining Californian contestants - Paul Hamrick of Monterey and Aisha Randhawa of Corona - were knocked out two rounds later. This was his final year of elegibility for the national contest.

The 16 spellers took the stage at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centre in Maryland to battle it out for the title of champion. It would have been used to declare a champion if the competition had exceeded 25 rounds with fewer than four spellers.

Words like "paucispiral", "ankyloglossia", "haecceitas" and "koinonia" won Karthik Nemmani, an Indian-origin boy from McKinney, Texas, the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Karthik Nemmani poses with the championship trophy and E.W. Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson.

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

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Some of these students' parents pay more than $200 an hour to have their prodigies coached by an expert, and the ages of competitors range from 8-years-old to 15.

With the exception of the word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", which, for some inexplicable reason, is a most searched-for word for people in six states, most of the other words on this map are pretty utilitarian and are likely words that pop up in work emails. But then the three-time Missoula County spelling bee champion will once again hit the books.

Google Trends has a released a new map of "America's Most Misspelled Words", and the word that CT residents search for the most is "sincerely".

The final round begins at 10 a.m. ET Thursday.

He said he wasn't overly disappointed by not making it to the finals. In the competition's seventh round, she slipped up on the word mydriasis, which is an excessive or prolonged dilatation of the pupil of the eye.

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Wild Card Wins National Spelling Bee