Spelling bee winning Word

The Scripps National Spelling Bee wrapped up in historic fashion last night (May 30), crowning eight co-champions. After 20 rounds, a single overall winner couldn’t be determined, and the competition almost stretched into the next day. While several years’ Bees have ended with two contestants splitting the title, the competition has never concluded with an eight-way tie.

This year, there were 565 registered spellers from US states and territories, as well as international contestants from seven other countries.

You can read through the Bee’s winning words, dating back to 1925, on its website. Here are the winners from the past two decades, and the word they had to spell to take home the trophy:

2019: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao, and Rohan Raja – auslaut, erysipelas, bougainvillea, aiguillette, pendeloque, palama, cernuous, odylic

Reuters/Joshua Roberts Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherryhill, New Jersey, Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Alabama, Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, California, Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, Saketh Sundar, 13, Clarksville, Maryland, Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas celebrate their eight-way tie in the final round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on May 31.

2018: Karthik Nemmani – koinonia

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Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship trophy.

2017: Ananya Vinay – marocain

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Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., with her mother.

2016: Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga – Feldenkrais, gesellschaft

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Co-champions Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Painted Post, New York, and Nihar Janga, 11, of Austin, Texas.

2015: Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar – nunatak, scherenschnitte

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Co-champions Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, of St. Louis, Missouri.

2014: Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar – feuilleton, stichomythia

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Co-champions Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, New York.

2013: Arvind Mahankali – knaidel

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Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, New York.

2012: Snigdha Nandipati – guetapens

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Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, California

2011: Sukanya Roy – cymotrichous

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Sukanya Roy, 14, of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania.

2010: Anamika Veeramani – stromuhr

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Anamika Veeramani, 14, of North Royalton, Ohio.

2009: Kavya Shivashankar – Laodicean

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Kavya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas.

2008: Sameer Mishra – guerdon

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Sameer Mishra, from West Lafayette, Indiana.

2007: Evan M. O’Dorney – serrefine

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Evan M. O’Dorney, 13, of San Ramon, California.

2006: Kerry Close – Ursprache

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Kerry Close of Spring Lake, New Jersey.

2005: Anurag Kashyap – appoggiatura

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Anurag Kashyap, 13, of Poway, California.

2004: David Tidmarsh – autochthonous

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David Tidmarsh, 14, of South Bend, Indiana.

2003: Sai R. Gunturi – pococurante

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Sai R.. Gunturi, 13, of Dallas, Texas.

2002: Pratyush Buddiga – prospicience

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Pratyush Buddiga of Denver, Colorado.

2001: Sean Conley – succedaneum

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Sean Conley, 13, of Anoka, Minnesota.

2000: George Abraham Thampy – demarche

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George Abraham Thampy, 12 of Maryland Heights, Missouri.

1999: Nupur Lala – logorrhea

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Nupur Lala, 14, from Tampa, Florida.


Thursday night’s 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee featured so many spelling superstars that there was an eight-way championship tie, marking the first time there were more than two winners in the competition’s 92-year history.

The final round of the spelling bee lasted 20 rounds and more than three hours, and it was determined that if all eight remaining contestants correctly spelled their 12th word of the night, they would share the championship.

There were 16 finalists — out of 557 original contestants between the ages of seven and 14 — and the spelling bee simply said it ran out of words to challenge the final eight. There are, of course, way more words, but it was assumed anything left in the dictionary wouldn’t challenge these middle schoolers after the words they correctly spelled in the first 19 rounds.

Dr. Bailly just announced we’re in uncharted territory. We won’t run out of words but may run out of words to challenge our most storied spellers in Bee history. At Rd 20, 3 away, all remaining spellers will be named Co-Champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. #spellingbee

— Scripps National Spelling Bee (@ScrippsBee) May 31, 2019

The Dictionary concedes and adds that it is SO. PROUD. https://t.co/VY3TmUAwpr

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2019

These kids are clearly exceptional when the biggest spelling bee in the nation is out of words for them to potentially misspell. And they each get the $50,000 cash prize, along with a trophy and trips to New York and Hollywood, according to USA TODAY.

Here is the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, along with the word each contestant spelled to become a champion.

Rishik Gandhasri, 13

Auslaut: The final sound in a word or syllable

Erin Howard, 14

Erysipelas: An acute febrile disease associated with intense edematous local inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues caused by a hemolytic streptococcus

Saketh Sundar, 13

Bougainvillea: Any of a genus of the four-o’clock family of ornamental tropical American woody vines and shrubs with brilliant purple or red floral bracts

Shruthika Padhy, 13

Aiguillette: A shoulder cord worn by designated military aides

Sohum Sukhatankar, 13

Pendeloque: A usually pear-shaped glass pendant used for ornamenting a lamp or chandelier

Abhijay Kodali, 12

Palama: The webbing on the feet of aquatic birds

Christopher Serrao, 13

Cernuous: Inclining, nodding or drooping — used of a plant

Rohan Raja, 13

Odylic: Of or relating to a force or natural power thought by some to reside in certain individuals and things and tho underlie hypnotism, magnetism, and some other phenomena.

Here’s Every Word That Stumped Spellers During the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee

A record-breaking number of spellers — 562 — competed their hearts and minds out during this week’s 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. And a record-breaking number beat the bee, with eight contestants crowned “co-champions” at the conclusion of Thursday night’s finale.

For the rest though, a word (or words) got the better of them. Whether their elimination was controversial or incontrovertible (both knockout words in round No. 3), whether it left them feeling dubitative, stolid, or even, say, inured (round No. 3 again), these unlucky competitors made a typo, and got dinged for it — literally dinged, that is, thanks to the bee’s iconic bell used to denote a wrong answer.

Here is a comprehensive list of all the words that cost a speller their place in the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Note: after round three, the field of remaining spellers was culled dramatically — down to a field of just 50 — based on the scoring of an on-paper test. For the elite finalists competing from round four onwards, the words thrown at them are almost all too much for Spellcheck, which likely says it all:

Round 4:

Ergodic; Hanseatic; cyclamen; doraphobia; nuchal; postil; abrazo; pelargic; praseodymium; pilosebaceous.

Round 5:

lychnoscope; kula; mouton; eschalot; terebinthinate; diaeresis.

Round 6:

Ferreiro; lomatine; koftgari; bullace; gharial.

Round 7:

Ixodid; diallage; theileriasis; pteryla.

Nithika Rangan of Sacramento, California, correctly spells the word ‘jonquil,’ which is a type of flower, during the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images

Round 8:

Ascidium; palatschinken; bodieron; scaevola; Wundtian; Marrucinian; coelogyne; yertchuk; Pallottine.

Round 10:

Cuirassier; flaser.

Round 11:


Round 12:

Jalap; chama.

Round 13:


Elliott Husseman of Poway, California, tries to spell his word during round three of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. Alex Wong—Getty Images

Round 14:


Round 15:


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Scripps National Spelling Bee Launches Word Club App

The app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. It includes 50 study words and in-app purchase options for the remainder of the 4,000 words appearing in the 2020 edition of Words of the Champions, the official Bee study resource for school and regional spelling bee participants.

“Spellers enjoy busy lives that involve far more than just spelling,” said Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “The Word Club app gives them the freedom and flexibility to continue their word studies while on the go. The app’s interactive play features will challenge their minds and motivate their competitive spirit.”

The voice students will hear in the app is that of Dr. Jacques Bailly, pronouncer for the Bee. He recorded all 4,000 words along with alternate pronunciations. The app replaces the Bee’s online browser-based version of Word Club.

The Word Club app includes features to inspire students to reach their spelling bee goals, whether they’re aiming for a classroom championship or a trip to the national finals.

About the Scripps National Spelling Bee:
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. Visit spellingbee.com for more information about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company.

About Scripps:
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) advances understanding of the world through journalism. As the nation’s fourth-largest independent TV station owner, Scripps operates 60 television stations in 42 markets. Scripps empowers the next generation of news consumers with its multiplatform news network Newsy and reaches growing audiences through broadcast networks including Bounce and Court TV. Shaping the future of storytelling through digital audio, Scripps owns top podcast company Stitcher and Triton, the global leader in technology and measurement services. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

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