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Texas boy spells 'koinonia' correctly, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

Texas boy spells 'koinonia' correctly, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

In addition to the trophy, Nemmani will receive $25,000 in cash, trips to NY and Hollywood as part of a spelling bee media tour, a pizza party for his classmates at Scoggins Middle School and a complete Merriam-Webster reference library.

A missing l spelled the end for Riverside County spelling bee champion Aisha Randhawa of Corona at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 31.

"Koinonia", a Greek word meaning Christian fellowship or communion that appears a number of times in the Bible, put 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, over the top at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. When asked at what point he knew he could spell the winning word "koinonia", the Class 8 student told CNN, "When I heard it".

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

The victor receives $42,500 in cash, plus other prizes. But they also take a preliminary multiple-choice vocabulary and spelling test.

And they were calling to say that Reagan had been reinstated - only the fifth speller to be restored to the competition after an apparent misspelling in the last 20 years.

"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.

Karthik had met Naysa on the spelling stage before the Scripps Bee, though.

Aidan won the Treasure State title, which automatically qualified him for the national event, his second appearance there.

It was her first trip to the competition, and she said she was taking it "one word at a time", focusing on each one she was assigned to spell.

Not only do kids from every state in the USA compete, a number of other countries send their brightest young spellers.

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.

Shruthika Padhy, a seventh grader at Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, finished in 12th place after misspelling paillasson, which Merriam-Webster defines as "coarsely woven natural or synthetic straw used for hats".

This is the third time Aisha is competing in the national bee.