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It's a Tie! National Spelling Bee: Rare Co-Champions, And A Star Online
NPR ^ | 05/30/2014 | Bill Chappell

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.


TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: spellingbee

1 posted on 05/30/2014 7:26:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


2 posted on 05/30/2014 7:27:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I ran across this last night channel surfing….and watched about 3 words for each….ASTONISHING!


3 posted on 05/30/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Do NOT suffer fools gladly┬ůand message boards are full contact arenas)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C. Edmund Wright


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.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 7:29:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Beyond my years too!


6 posted on 05/30/2014 7:32:21 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SeekAndFind

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’....


7 posted on 05/30/2014 7:33:12 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 7:33:45 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: C19fan

LIST OF NATIONL SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS

Year Competition-ending word ("winning word" unless otherwise indicated) Winner Sponsor Sponsor's location Notes[5]
1925 gladiolus Neuhauser !Frank Neuhauser The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky [6][7]
1926 cerise Bell !Pauline Bell The Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky
1927 luxuriance
(or asceticism; sources vary)[A]
Lucas !Dean Lucas Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1928 albumen Robinson !Betty Robinson South Bend Tribune South Bend, Indiana [8]
1929 asceticism
(or luxuriance; sources vary)[A]
Hogan !Virginia Hogan Omaha World-Herald Omaha, Nebraska [9][10]
1930 fracas Jensen !Helen Jensen The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa [11]
1931 foulard Randall !Ward Randall White Hall Register-Republican[12] White Hall, Illinois [13]
1932 knack Greenwalk !Dorothy Greenwald The Des Moines Register and Tribune Des Moines, Iowa [11]
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 [11]
1941 initials Sissman !Louis Edward Sissman The Detroit News Detroit, Michigan [14]
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 [15]
1947 chlorophyll Pollard !Mattie Lou Pollard Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia [16]
1948 psychiatry Chappelear !Jean Chappelear Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio [17]
1949 dulcimer Calvin !Kim Calvin Canton Repository Canton, Ohio
1950 meticulosity Reynard !Diana Reynard[B] Cleveland Press Cleveland, Ohio [18]
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 [19]
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 [20]
1956 condominium Sachko !Melody Sachko Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [21]
1957 schappe Bennett !Dana Bennett[C] Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [22]
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 [23]
1960 eudaemonic Feldman !Henry Feldman The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee [24]
1961 smaragdine Capehart !John Capehart Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma [25][26]
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 [24]
1964 sycophant Kerek !William Kerek Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio
1965 eczema Kerpan !Michael Kerpan Jr. Tulsa Tribune Tulsa, Oklahoma [26]
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 [27]
1969 interlocutory Yoachum !Susan Yoachum Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas
1970 croissant Childress !Libby Childress Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel Winston-Salem, North Carolina [28]
1971 shalloon Knisely !Jonathan Knisely Philadelphia Bulletin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [29]
1972 macerate Kral !Robin Kral Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock, Texas [30]
1973 vouchsafe Trinkle !Barrie Trinkle[E][F] Fort Worth Press Fort Worth, Texas [31]
1974 hydrophyte Junkin !Julie Ann Junkin Birmingham Post-Herald Birmingham, Alabama
1975 incisor Tosteson !Hugh Tosteson García San Juan Star San Juan, PR [32]
1976 narcolepsy Kneale !Tim Kneale Syracuse Herald-Journal Syracuse, New York [33]
1977 cambist Paola !John Paola The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1978 deification McCarthy !Peg McCarthy The Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka, Kansas [34]
1979 maculature Kerwin !Katie Kerwin Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [35]
1980 elucubrate Bailly !Jacques Bailly[E] Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [36]
1981 sarcophagus Pipkin !Paige Pipkin[E][F][G] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas [37]
1982 psoriasis Dieveney !Molly Dieveney Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado
1983 Purim Giddens !Blake Giddens[E][G] El Paso Herald-Post El Paso, Texas [38]
1984 luge Greenblatt !Daniel Greenblatt Loudoun Times-Mirror Leesburg, Virginia [39]
1985 milieu Natarajan !Balu Natarajan Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois [40]
1986 odontalgia Pennington !Jon Pennington The Patriot News Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [41][42]
1987 staphylococci Petit !Stephanie Petit[G] The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [43]
1988 elegiacal Ramachandran ! Rageshree Ramachandran The Sacramento Bee Sacramento, California [44]
1989 spoliator Isaacs !Scott Isaacs[G] Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [45]
1990 fibranne Dimak !Amy Marie Dimak The Seattle Times Seattle, Washington [46]
1991 antipyretic Lagatta !Joanne Lagatta Wisconsin State Journal Clintonville, Wisconsin [47][48]
1992 lyceum Goad !Amanda Goad The Richmond News Leader Richmond, Virginia [49]
1993 kamikaze Hooper !Geoff Hooper[G] The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee [50]
1994 antediluvian Andrews !Ned G. Andrews[G][H] The Knoxville News-Sentinel Knoxville, Tennessee [24]
1995 xanthosis Carroll !Justin Tyler Carroll The Commercial Appeal Memphis, Tennessee [51]
1996 vivisepulture Guey !Wendy Guey[G] The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach, Florida [52]
1997 euonym Sealfon !Rebecca Sealfon New York Daily News New York City, New York [53]
1998 chiaroscurist Maxwell !Jody-Anne Maxwell Phillips & Phillips Stationery Suppliers Kingston, Jamaica [54][55]
1999 logorrhea Lala !Nupur Lala[G] The Tampa Tribune Tampa, Florida [56][57]
2000 demarche Thampy !George Thampy[E][G] St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri [58]
2001 succedaneum Conley !Sean Conley Aitkin Independent Age Aitkin, Minnesota [59]
2002 prospicience Buddiga !Pratyush Buddiga Rocky Mountain News Denver, Colorado [60]
2003 pococurante Gunturi !Sai Gunturi Dallas Morning News Dallas, Texas [61]
2004 autochthonous Tidmarsh !David Tidmarsh South Bend Tribune South Bend, Indiana [62]
2005 appoggiatura Kashyap !Anurag Kashyap San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego, California [63]
2006 Ursprache Close !Kerry Close Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spring Lake, New Jersey [64]
2007 serrefine O'Dorney !Evan O'Dorney Contra Costa Times Walnut Creek, California [65]
2008 guerdon Mishra !Sameer Mishra Journal & Courier West Lafayette, Indiana [66]
2009 Laodicean Shivashankar !Kavya Shivashankar The Olathe News Olathe, Kansas [67]
2010 stromuhr Veeramani !Anamika Veeramani The Plain Dealer Cleveland, Ohio [68]
2011 cymotrichous Roy !Sukanya Roy Times Leader Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania [69]
2012 guetapens Nandipati !Snigdha Nandipati U-T San Diego San Diego, California [70]
2013 knaidel Arvind Mahankali !Arvind Mahankali New York Daily News New York, New York [71]
2014 stichomythia Sujoe !Ansun Sujoe[I] Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas [72]
feuilleton Hathwar !Sriram J. Hathwar[I] Corning Rotary Club Corning, New York

9 posted on 05/30/2014 7:34:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: C19fan

Notice the names of the winners starting in 2002 ( even as early as 1999 )....


10 posted on 05/30/2014 7:34:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Impy

> 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.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

2006-2007 looks like a couple of European Caucasians sneaked in.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 7:43:13 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: SeekAndFind

So they ran out of words?


13 posted on 05/30/2014 7:47:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Couldn’t they at least have gone to penalty kicks?


14 posted on 05/30/2014 7:48:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I could see in the Idiocracy future the winning word being something like “apple.”


15 posted on 05/30/2014 7:49:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
Notice the names of the winners starting in 2002 ( even as early as 1999 )....

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.

16 posted on 05/30/2014 7:51:42 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SeekAndFind
Notice the names of the winners starting in 2002 ( even as early as 1999 )....

Also notice the words from about '95 on as compared to prior years.

17 posted on 05/30/2014 7:55:30 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SeekAndFind
feuilleton

"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.

18 posted on 05/30/2014 7:58:37 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did they go through “Antidisestablishmentarianistically?”

.


19 posted on 05/30/2014 8:02:55 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: dfwgator

They could have spelled “Mister Mxyzptlk” backwards.


20 posted on 05/30/2014 8:03:30 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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RE: They could have spelled “Mister Mxyzptlk” backwards.

Will they VANISH after that? :)


21 posted on 05/30/2014 8:09:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: dfwgator
I could see in the Idiocracy future the winning word being something like “apple.”

More likely the title of the movie that was playing...

22 posted on 05/30/2014 8:19:34 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

LOL.


23 posted on 05/30/2014 8:22:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard they are home schooled also.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 8:26:56 AM PDT by tayper (Granny told me, Saying it don't make it so)
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To: tayper

A HUGE number of spelling bee finalists are home schooled.

SEE HERE:

Home Schoolers Lead Spelling Bee

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=130988


25 posted on 05/30/2014 8:53:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: dfwgator

Cannot have an outright winner. That might hurt someone’s feelings.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative
They usually do. But once the list is exhausted what are you going to do. Have them spell C-A-T?

(That was sarcasm BTW only the words on the list can be used.)

27 posted on 05/30/2014 9:39:30 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

You mean to tell me, they couldn’t improvise, get a dictionary and find some other words?


28 posted on 05/30/2014 9:40:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: C19fan

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)


29 posted on 05/30/2014 9:42:09 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: dfwgator
You mean to tell me, they couldn’t improvise, get a dictionary and find some other words?

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.

30 posted on 05/30/2014 9:49:47 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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