Scripps Bee Winner Out-Spells Record 515 Contestants

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Padhy, who was speller No. 290 in this year's national contest, on Thursday correctly spelled Guayaquil, which is a port city in Ecuador along the Guayas River.

While kids participating in the U.S. spelling bee are spelling convoluted words like "pratincolous" at the moment, it turns out that most of us are still having a hard time spelling words like "beginning" and "probably" correctly.

Google launched the report with the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee running Tuesday to Thursday.

Through RSVBee, spellers could qualify for the National Bee if did not win their state or regional bees but either won their school bee or had previously competed on the national stage.

Erin Howard, 13, of Huntsville, Ala., who tied for seventh previous year, misspelled "funest", adding an extra "e" at the end of the word.

But Nemmani, who was competing at his first national bee, displayed the poise of a veteran, seeming to sail through his words: "condottiere" (knight or roving soldier available for hire), "miarolitic" (of igneous rock), "cendre" (a moderate blue), "ankyloglossia" (limited normal movement of the tongue), "grognard", "passus", "shamir" (tiny worm capable of splitting the hardest stone) and "jaguey" (an East Indian tree).

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When asked whether having Naysa, who is from Frisco, and other friends at the national finals helped, the unassuming Karthik said: "Yeah, I guess".

The 16 finalists ranged in age from 11 to 14 and included nine girls and seven boys.

Aisha, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Auburndale Intermediate School in Corona, misspelled perduellion, using just one l.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy with Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Adam Symson after winning the annual competition in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday.

"This has just been a dream come true". "I know his caliber".

She successfully spelled "arbitration" on Wednesday.

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Third place contestant, Abhijay Kodali, is also from Texas.

Despite their success, they were eliminated from the final round when judges were forced to narrow the pool of 321 spellers who had made it past Round 3 to no more than 50.

After her defeat, she was swarmed by dozens of current and former spellers who wished her well, smiling throughout.

Her close friend, Jashun Paluru of West Lafayette, Indiana, finished fourth, spelling with flair and spending most of his time in between words chatting animatedly with Naysa.

Karthik, for his part, took no extra satisfaction in vanquishing a familiar foe. "We were against the dictionary".

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