Texas 14-year-old wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

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In addition to the trophy, Nemmani will receive $25,000 in cash, trips to NY and Hollywood as part of a spelling bee media tour, a pizza party for his classmates at Scoggins Middle School and a complete Merriam-Webster reference library.

Padhy, who was speller No. 290 in this year's national contest, on Thursday correctly spelled Guayaquil, which is a port city in Ecuador along the Guayas River.

Karthik's victory Thursday night put the spotlight back onto the story of this bee week - the new wild-card program that Scripps launched to give a chance to spellers like him, who have to compete against some of the nation's best spellers at the local level. The tension and relief on the faces of the other competitors, including Nicholas Lee, 14.

The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Jackson Memorial Middle School correctly spelled gradus (a dictionary of Greek or Latin phrases used as an aid in the writing of verse), chaudfroid (a type of jellied sauce) and cantal (a hard cheddar type cheese) in the earlier final rounds.

Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, types her word in the air during the evening finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018.

And Bailly got his well-deserved recognition during the finals when he quoted the song "Shake It Off" for the sample sentence for the word "pseudepigrapha", which Abhijay Kodali, 11, of Flower Mound, Texas, spelled correctly.

"I got lucky", he said, acknowledging that there were eight or nine words during the final rounds that he didn't know.

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And she said she thinks the reason ABC pulled the plug was a threatened boycott by advertisers. And then some sarcasm (and a third-person reference): "Gee, he never called President Donald J.

Google Trends this week came out with a map that shows the top "how to spell" word searches for each state.

"I've been scrubbing the Internet since we left the Bee past year", her mother, Alana Kaplan, said.

The National Bee is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test as much as a nerd spelling match and spellers spend months preparing for it. The hundreds of precocious spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, stepped out from all 50 states. Add National Spelling Bee as an interest to stay up to date on the latest National Spelling Bee news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Not only do kids from every state in the USA compete, a number of other countries send their brightest young spellers.

A record-shattering 516 spellers qualified - compared to 291 the year before.

Several states are unclear as to how to spell "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", and it's easy to see why.

Yet amid the bigger Bee, returning spellers continued their dominance, even though a first-time competitor won.