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Winners Get Big Stake — Spelling Bee Champions

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.

BEEAdditionally, for two years in a row, the competition has yielded back-to-back co-champions who did not get a single word wrong during the two-day televised competition.

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

Finalists:

A medal from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

*Cash prizes:

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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