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Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, is presented with the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy by Adam Symson, president and CEO, E.W. Scripps Company, after he won the bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
June 01, 2018 - 1:25 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee seized an opportunity that didn't exist before this year. Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, got into the bee through a new wild-card program. It was created to give a chance to spellers whose path to nationals...
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Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, reacts to spelling a word correctly during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 31, 2018 - 11:01 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the Scripps National Spelling Bee (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Karthik spelled the word "koinonia" correctly to become the champion late Thursday. He also spelled "...
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Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, reacts to spelling a word correctly during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 31, 2018 - 10:55 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the Scripps National Spelling Bee (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Karthik spelled the word "koinonia" correctly to become the champion late Thursday. He also spelled "...
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Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, reacts to spelling a word correctly during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 31, 2018 - 8:46 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the Scripps National Spelling Bee (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The 16 remaining spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee are back on stage and ready to continue spelling until a champion emerges. That's a record number of spellers for the prime-time finals,...
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Reagan Remmers, 12, from Missoula, Mont., spells her word incorrectly during the 3rd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
May 31, 2018 - 10:44 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — After a longer build-up than usual, the dramatic final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee began on Thursday. Forty-one spellers advanced to the finals out of a field of 516 — by far the largest in the 93-year history of the competition. Scripps started a wild-card...
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Dr. Balu Natarajan, right, from Hinsdale, Ill., poses for a photograph with his son Atman Balakrishnan, 12, as they look at Dr. Natarajan's winning word, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 29, 2018 - 4:56 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The domination of the Scripps National Spelling Bee by Indian-Americans has gone on long enough that a second generation has emerged. Last year, Mira Dedhia, whose mother competed in the bee three times, finished third. This year, the first child of a former champion is...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2017 file photo, Mira Dedhia, 13, from Western Springs, Ill., uses an imaginary keyboard to correctly spell her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. A new wild-card program has expanded the field at the Scripps National Spelling Bee from fewer than 300 spellers to more than 500. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
April 30, 2018 - 3:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Gargantuan" might be an appropriate word to kick off this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. The competition will be super-sized because of a new wild-card program that provided a path to the bee for kids who didn't qualify by conventional means and were willing to pay their...
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