National Spelling Bee title goes to 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani

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But on Thursday night, he was better.

Karthik Nemmani didn't win his regional spelling bee.

Naysa Modi, 12, of Frisco, Texas took second.

He then knocked out "haecceitas" (the status of being an individual) before receiving the word that would clinch his win: "koinonia", meaning the Christian fellowship or body of believers. 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.

Atman correctly spelled cantico in round two and vitascope in round three.

Kaplan is one of 16 students who have made the finals after at least 500 others were eliminated during the preliminaries. The contestants were aged between eight and 15.

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

Nemmani's loss to Modi at the county level would normally have disqualified him for the national bee but he took advantage of a new program called RSVBee, which allows spellers to pay to compete in the national bee.

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

Remmers, 12, was walking out of the hall Wednesday with her mom after misspelling the word "balaclava" when Aubrey Remmers' cellphone rang.

Karthik also continued a longtime trend by becoming the 14th champion or co-champion of South Asian descent the bee has had in 11 consecutive years. The wild cards pushed the total number of spellers in the bee to 515 - there had never been more than 300 in the past - and forced Scripps to add a third day of competition.

The contest held in Oxon Hill near Washington was televised nationally on the sports channel ESPN.

Simone qualified for the national bee by winning the Miami Herald's annual competition.

Amith Vasantha of San Jose, California, during round four of the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center May 31, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Using the top searched "how to spell" words of each state, Google compiled a map that shows which words have given people the most pause in the US.

He said he wasn't overly disappointed by not making it to the finals.

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