The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat — the Scripps National Spelling Bee has it all, plus the joy that comes from watching delightful little nerdburgers blow everyone away with their uncanny ability to sound out works like “avellaneous” (a synonym of “hazel”) and “ptyalagogue” (“a drug or other agent that increases the flow of saliva;” can you spell “ew”?).
And naturally, this year’s Bee wasn’t short on memorable moments — especially at the end, when 14-year-old eighth grader Sriram Hathwar and 13-year-old seventh grader Ansun Sujoe became the event’s first co-champions in 52 years. (Previously, the Bee has ended in ties in 1962, 1957, and 1950.) READ FULL STORY