Eight children bound to win the National Spelling Bee on Thursday, an unprecedented end to the 92 year competition.
For more than 3 1/2 hours, gamers aged 12 to 14 showed that they could cope with just about anything that competition threw, safe tracking letters on their palms and correctly identifying foreign-language roots. Thursday's finale was the fourth day in the bee, drawing 562 players from all 50 states.
From this talented field, the 16 children took the final at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland, many of them experienced in previous years bees. After 20 rounds, eight remained and were called co-owners; spelling bee officials said they would run out of words.
The winners are Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja.
First place in spelling wins a $ 50,000 cash prize as well as reference books and a $ 2,500 savings bond. For several recent years, two competitors tied to first place and each took prize money.
The official National Spelling Bee account Thursday said it was ready to pass the checks: