For the third straight year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has produced co-champions as winners of the competition.
Nihar Janga, 11, of Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Corning, New York, were named co-champions on Thursday night, May 26, after 39 rounds of putting their spelling skills to the test.
The contest has produced Indian-American champions for nine straight years and 14 out of the last 18.
There are also five instances before in which the competition produced co-champions—1950, 1957, 1962, 2014, and 2015.
The competition also features a range of attractive prizes which no doubt served as a motivational factor the “Bees.”
The prizes are listed accordingly:
For the Champion:
Scripps: a $40,000 cash prize and the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy
Merriam-Webster: a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library
Encyclopædia Britannica: $400 of reference works including a 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium
PLUS: A trip to New York City for the Champion to appear on LIVE with Kelly
For the Champion’s School and Sponsor:
From Scripps: Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved plaques
A medal from the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Misspell in Rounds 4 through 6: $500 gift card
Misspell in Round 7 to 7th place: $2,000
6th Place: $2,500
5th Place: $5,000
4th Place: $10,000
3rd Place: $20,000
2nd Place: $30,000
All Spellers get:
Kindle: a Kindle Paperwhite and a commemorative cover
Merriam-Webster: Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, including a CD-ROM
Mr. Jay Sugarman: The Samuel Louis Sugarman Award — a 2016 United States Mint Proof Set presented by Mr. Sugarman in honor of his father
Encyclopædia Britannica: a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium
*Spellers who are eliminated from the competition in the same round are assigned the same rank (place).
If Bee officials declare Co-Champions, each Co-Champion will receive a $40,000 first place cash prize.
Pollyana Davy, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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