Skip to comments.It's a Tie! National Spelling Bee: Rare Co-Champions, And A Star Online
Posted on 05/30/2014 7:26:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
For the first time in 52 years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two winners last night, after the final two competitors exhausted the word list. The winners were Sriram Hathwar, an eighth-grader from Painted Post, N.Y., and Ansun Sujoe, a seventh-grader from Fort Worth, Texas.
"I like sharing the victory with someone else," Ansun said. "It's been quite shocking and quite interesting, too. It's very rare."
Here are the words that brought Thursday night's competition to a close, from the Scripps Spelling Bee site (we're including the definitions just in case you've forgotten them):
"Sriram's championship word was 'stichomythia,' which means dialogue especially of altercation or dispute delivered in alternating lines (as in classical Greek drama).
"Ansun's was 'feuilleton,' a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader, or a feature section."
"We both know the competition is against the dictionary, not against each other," Sriram said. "I'm happy to share the trophy with him."
It was the second consecutive year in the finals for Sriram, who said he staged a "furious comeback" after a heartbreaking loss in 2013.
The joint title was made possible after both competitors slipped up in the same round, with Ansun stumbling over "antigropelos" and Sriram getting "corpsbruder" wrong. If either had made those mistakes in a different round, the 2014 Bee would have had only one winner. But now there are two, after the boys spelled their way to glory.
You could say there was a third winner this year, as well: Jacob Williamson, who won a devoted fanbase online with the infectious excitement he let loose at every turn, smiling and cheering on a national stage that has hosted its share of awkwardly painful moments over the years.
From Business Insider:
Hathwar, 14, summed it up perfectly when he told ESPN:
“I think we both know that the competition is against the dictionary, not against each other.”
That’s a 14-year-old wise beyond his years.
I ran across this last night channel surfing .and watched about 3 words for each .ASTONISHING!
According to the Obama administration because the finalists of the Spelling Bee do not match the race/ethnic demographics of the US the contest is racist. They need to find new words, say from rap and hip hop lyircs, or start using Spanish words so underrepresented African-Americans and Latinos can fairly compete against SE Asians and Whites.
Jacob's passion led Twitter users to appropriate the #TeamJacob hashtag from the Twilight franchise, using it to celebrate along with Jacob as he jumped on stage and raised his fists with a smile after getting words right. He greeted the news that he'd made it to the final by falling to the floor on his knees, smiling.
His fans included NHL player Morgan Rielly, a defender for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Team Jacob commiserated when he lost.
And in a fashion that likely led some of his new fans to say, "That's so Jacob," the home-schooled student from Cape Coral, Fla., welcomed "kabaragoya," the word that ended his run with his typical enthusiasm: "I know it! I know it! I totally know it!"
But it wasn't meant to be.
Beyond my years too!
Why......[mutter, harumpf and stammer] it was all just......just Raciss!......them judges din’t gib us any Ebonics words....it was like they wuz speakin’ in cursive or sumpin’....
And if YOU can spell their names correctly, you win the booby prize. And if you can correctly pronounce their names, you get a free ticket to some place that you can’t pronounce.
|Year||Competition-ending word ("winning word" unless otherwise indicated)||Winner||Sponsor||Sponsor's location||Notes|
|1925||gladiolus||Neuhauser !Frank Neuhauser||The Courier-Journal||Louisville, Kentucky|||
|1926||cerise||Bell !Pauline Bell||The Courier-Journal||Louisville, Kentucky|
(or asceticism; sources vary)[A]
|Lucas !Dean Lucas||Akron Beacon Journal||Akron, Ohio|
|1928||albumen||Robinson !Betty Robinson||South Bend Tribune||South Bend, Indiana|||
(or luxuriance; sources vary)[A]
|Hogan !Virginia Hogan||Omaha World-Herald||Omaha, Nebraska|||
|1930||fracas||Jensen !Helen Jensen||The Des Moines Register and Tribune||Des Moines, Iowa|||
|1931||foulard||Randall !Ward Randall||White Hall Register-Republican||White Hall, Illinois|||
|1932||knack||Greenwalk !Dorothy Greenwald||The Des Moines Register and Tribune||Des Moines, Iowa|||
|1933||torsion||Roach !Alma Roach||Akron Beacon Journal||Akron, Ohio|
|1934||deteriorating||Wilson !Sarah Wilson||Portland Evening Express||Portland, Maine|
|1935||intelligible||Mohler !Clara Mohler||Akron Beacon Journal||Akron, Ohio|
|1936||interning||Trowbridge !Jean Trowbridge||The Des Moines Register and Tribune||Des Moines, Iowa|
|1937||promiscuous||Beckley !Waneeta Beckley||The Courier-Journal||Louisville, Kentucky|
|1938||sanitarium||Richardson !Marian Richardson||The Louisville Times||Louisville, Kentucky|
|1939||canonical||Rice !Elizabeth Ann Rice||Telegram & Gazette||Worcester, Massachusetts|
|1940||therapy||Kuykendall !Laurel Kuykendall||The Knoxville News-Sentinel||Knoxville, Tennessee|||
|1941||initials||Sissman !Louis Edward Sissman||The Detroit News||Detroit, Michigan|||
|1942||sacrilegious||Earnhart !Richard Earnhart||El Paso Herald-Post||El Paso, Texas|
|1946||semaphore||McKinney !John McKinney||The Des Moines Register and Tribune||Des Moines, Iowa|||
|1947||chlorophyll||Pollard !Mattie Lou Pollard||Atlanta Journal||Atlanta, Georgia|||
|1948||psychiatry||Chappelear !Jean Chappelear||Akron Beacon Journal||Akron, Ohio|||
|1949||dulcimer||Calvin !Kim Calvin||Canton Repository||Canton, Ohio|
|1950||meticulosity||Reynard !Diana Reynard[B]||Cleveland Press||Cleveland, Ohio|||
|Dean !Colquitt Dean[B]||Atlanta Journal||Atlanta, Georgia|
|1951||insouciant||Belz !Irving Belz||Memphis Press Scimitar||Memphis, Tennessee|
|1952||vignette||Hall !Doris Ann Hall||Winston-Salem Journal||Winston-Salem, North Carolina|||
|1953||soubrette||Hess !Elizabeth Hess/td>||Arizona Republic||Phoenix, Arizona|
|1954||transept||Cashore !William Cashore||Norristown Times Herald||Norristown, Pennsylvania|
|1955||crustaceology||Sloss !Sandra Sloss||St. Louis Globe-Democrat||St. Louis, Missouri|||
|1956||condominium||Sachko !Melody Sachko||Pittsburgh Press||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|||
|1957||schappe||Bennett !Dana Bennett[C]||Rocky Mountain News||Denver, Colorado|||
|Owen !Sandra Owen[C]||Canton Repository||Canton, Ohio|
|1958||syllepsis||Schlehuber !Jolitta Schlehuber||Topeka Daily Capital||Topeka, Kansas|
|1959||catamaran||Montgomery !Joel Montgomery||Rocky Mountain News||Denver, Colorado|||
|1960||eudaemonic||Feldman !Henry Feldman||The Knoxville News-Sentinel||Knoxville, Tennessee|||
|1961||smaragdine||Capehart !John Capehart||Tulsa Tribune||Tulsa, Oklahoma|||
|1962||esquamulose||Crawford !Nettie Crawford[D]||El Paso Herald-Post||El Paso, Texas|
|Day !Michael Day[D]||St. Louis Globe-Democrat||St. Louis, Missouri|
|1963||equipage||Slyke !Glen Van Slyke III||The Knoxville News-Sentinel||Knoxville, Tennessee|||
|1964||sycophant||Kerek !William Kerek||Akron Beacon Journal||Akron, Ohio|
|1965||eczema||Kerpan !Michael Kerpan Jr.||Tulsa Tribune||Tulsa, Oklahoma|||
|1966||ratoon||Wake !Robert A. Wake||Houston Chronicle||Houston, Texas|
|1967||chihuahua||Reinke !Jennifer Reinke||The Omaha World-Herald||Omaha, Nebraska|
|1968||abalone||Walters !Robert L. Walters||The Topeka Daily Capital||Topeka, Kansas|||
|1969||interlocutory||Yoachum !Susan Yoachum||Dallas Morning News||Dallas, Texas|
|1970||croissant||Childress !Libby Childress||Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel||Winston-Salem, North Carolina|||
|1971||shalloon||Knisely !Jonathan Knisely||Philadelphia Bulletin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|||
|1972||macerate||Kral !Robin Kral||Lubbock Avalanche-Journal||Lubbock, Texas|||
|1973||vouchsafe||Trinkle !Barrie Trinkle[E][F]||Fort Worth Press||Fort Worth, Texas|||
|1974||hydrophyte||Junkin !Julie Ann Junkin||Birmingham Post-Herald||Birmingham, Alabama|
|1975||incisor||Tosteson !Hugh Tosteson García||San Juan Star||San Juan, PR|||
|1976||narcolepsy||Kneale !Tim Kneale||Syracuse Herald-Journal||Syracuse, New York|||
|1977||cambist||Paola !John Paola||The Pittsburgh Press||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|1978||deification||McCarthy !Peg McCarthy||The Topeka Capital-Journal||Topeka, Kansas|||
|1979||maculature||Kerwin !Katie Kerwin||Rocky Mountain News||Denver, Colorado|||
|1980||elucubrate||Bailly !Jacques Bailly[E]||Rocky Mountain News||Denver, Colorado|||
|1981||sarcophagus||Pipkin !Paige Pipkin[E][F][G]||El Paso Herald-Post||El Paso, Texas|||
|1982||psoriasis||Dieveney !Molly Dieveney||Rocky Mountain News||Denver, Colorado|
|1983||Purim||Giddens !Blake Giddens[E][G]||El Paso Herald-Post||El Paso, Texas|||
|1984||luge||Greenblatt !Daniel Greenblatt||Loudoun Times-Mirror||Leesburg, Virginia|||
|1985||milieu||Natarajan !Balu Natarajan||Chicago Tribune||Chicago, Illinois|||
|1986||odontalgia||Pennington !Jon Pennington||The Patriot News||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|||
|1987||staphylococci||Petit !Stephanie Petit[G]||The Pittsburgh Press||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|||
|1988||elegiacal||Ramachandran ! Rageshree Ramachandran||The Sacramento Bee||Sacramento, California|||
|1989||spoliator||Isaacs !Scott Isaacs[G]||Rocky Mountain News||Denver, Colorado|||
|1990||fibranne||Dimak !Amy Marie Dimak||The Seattle Times||Seattle, Washington|||
|1991||antipyretic||Lagatta !Joanne Lagatta||Wisconsin State Journal||Clintonville, Wisconsin|||
|1992||lyceum||Goad !Amanda Goad||The Richmond News Leader||Richmond, Virginia|||
|1993||kamikaze||Hooper !Geoff Hooper[G]||The Commercial Appeal||Memphis, Tennessee|||
|1994||antediluvian||Andrews !Ned G. Andrews[G][H]||The Knoxville News-Sentinel||Knoxville, Tennessee|||
|1995||xanthosis||Carroll !Justin Tyler Carroll||The Commercial Appeal||Memphis, Tennessee|||
|1996||vivisepulture||Guey !Wendy Guey[G]||The Palm Beach Post||West Palm Beach, Florida|||
|1997||euonym||Sealfon !Rebecca Sealfon||New York Daily News||New York City, New York|||
|1998||chiaroscurist||Maxwell !Jody-Anne Maxwell||Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers||Kingston, Jamaica|||
|1999||logorrhea||Lala !Nupur Lala[G]||The Tampa Tribune||Tampa, Florida|||
|2000||demarche||Thampy !George Thampy[E][G]||St. Louis Post-Dispatch||St. Louis, Missouri|||
|2001||succedaneum||Conley !Sean Conley||Aitkin Independent Age||Aitkin, Minnesota|||
|2002||prospicience||Buddiga !Pratyush Buddiga||Rocky Mountain News||Denver, Colorado|||
|2003||pococurante||Gunturi !Sai Gunturi||Dallas Morning News||Dallas, Texas|||
|2004||autochthonous||Tidmarsh !David Tidmarsh||South Bend Tribune||South Bend, Indiana|||
|2005||appoggiatura||Kashyap !Anurag Kashyap||San Diego Union-Tribune||San Diego, California|||
|2006||Ursprache||Close !Kerry Close||Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune||Spring Lake, New Jersey|||
|2007||serrefine||O'Dorney !Evan O'Dorney||Contra Costa Times||Walnut Creek, California|||
|2008||guerdon||Mishra !Sameer Mishra||Journal & Courier||West Lafayette, Indiana|||
|2009||Laodicean||Shivashankar !Kavya Shivashankar||The Olathe News||Olathe, Kansas|||
|2010||stromuhr||Veeramani !Anamika Veeramani||The Plain Dealer||Cleveland, Ohio|||
|2011||cymotrichous||Roy !Sukanya Roy||Times Leader||Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania|||
|2012||guetapens||Nandipati !Snigdha Nandipati||U-T San Diego||San Diego, California|||
|2013||knaidel||Arvind Mahankali !Arvind Mahankali||New York Daily News||New York, New York|||
|2014||stichomythia||Sujoe !Ansun Sujoe[I]||Texas Christian University||Fort Worth, Texas|||
|feuilleton||Hathwar !Sriram J. Hathwar[I]||Corning Rotary Club||Corning, New York|
Notice the names of the winners starting in 2002 ( even as early as 1999 )....
> Beyond my years too!
You get that from being pushed and forged. Not the white glove treatment that the lefties teach that creates the monster spoiled brats that live among us who elected the worst U.S. president in history.
2006-2007 looks like a couple of European Caucasians sneaked in.
So they ran out of words?
Couldn’t they at least have gone to penalty kicks?
I could see in the Idiocracy future the winning word being something like “apple.”
As American as gulab jamun.
And I say that with the deepest of respect and admiration, along with the joy of knowing that the future of America is in the hands of those who have chosen to become Americans and are grateful, just as all my ancestors once chose to become Americans and were grateful.
Also notice the words from about '95 on as compared to prior years.
"Feuilleton" is one of the concepts found in the introduction to Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. I tie it in to my Music Appreciation college course, because in the same novel Hesse makes the assertion that the deep thoughts of humanity can only be expressed musically through classical music. It takes a week of back-and-forth to get the idea across that most popular music, and the news about popular musicians, is a feuilleton--and every time I write about it, I have to check the spelling :-) so I raise my Tampa Bay Rays cap to both of the winners.
Did they go through “Antidisestablishmentarianistically?”
They could have spelled “Mister Mxyzptlk” backwards.
RE: They could have spelled Mister Mxyzptlk backwards.
Will they VANISH after that? :)
More likely the title of the movie that was playing...
I heard they are home schooled also.
A HUGE number of spelling bee finalists are home schooled.
Home Schoolers Lead Spelling Bee
Cannot have an outright winner. That might hurt someone’s feelings.
(That was sarcasm BTW only the words on the list can be used.)
You mean to tell me, they couldn’t improvise, get a dictionary and find some other words?
In line with the black winning team of this year’s college debate champions, the contestants (if they’re black) should be able to substitute their own words and spellings completely disregarding the words presented to them by the contest organizers. To recite the words given to them by the white, racist, oppressive contest officials will not do. (snicker)
Unless they have changed the rules in the past few years, no.
The list of words is decided on before the Bee begins by a committee. There are a whole bunch of criteria that the words must meet to be included.
The list is quite long and is kept secret. Usually they do not run out of words, this time was an exception.
Now if it becomes the norm then they are going to have to start adding a few thousand more.