Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday evening declared eight participants co-owners. (May 31)
In what can go down as the most poignant and challenging last round of spelling history, eight students shared the trophy of the nation's top player Thursday night.
Yes, you read it right: eight students, a trophy and a lot of words most people haven't even heard before.
Scripps National Spelling Bee was in his third hour in the final round of 16 players, as the competition vote, said Jacques Bailly, admitted they may run out to give students.
"Champion players, we are now in unknown territory", Bailly told the tense crowd at Maryland's Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center and those looking at prime time at ESPN.
"We have many words left on our list," he continued. "But we will soon run out of words that may challenge you, the most phenomenal collection of super players in the history of this competition."
Historic first: Eight part Scripps Bee Championship title in 2019
Three rounds later, eight champions were named. And people loved every minute of it.
Some people wanted an overtime:
Others gave up on the NBA Finals to see:
Many people were just amazed at the words the players nailed:
Others wondered how the bee would pay prize money ($ 50,000) to everyone eight students:
Bee liked it herself:
But who was most enthusiastic about these super spellers? Nothing but the dictionary they defeated:
Contributing: Kristin Lam, USA TODAY. Follow USA TODAY's Ryan Miller on Twitter: @RyanW_Miller
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