Montana spellers fall short in national bee, but make impression

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Nemmani has never won a regional or state spelling bee, reported The Washington Post.

This year 515 contestants participated in the National Spelling Bee championship, the biggest number so far because of rule changes that widened the pool beyond the local champions and also included those without sponsors, who are usually newspapers.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney, Texas was named the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Thursday night here at Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center after correctly spelling "koinonia".

The victor will receive $40,000, a trophy from the Scripps Bee, $25,000 cash prize, a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, trips to NY and Hollywood for a media tour and a pizza party for their school.

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Remmers, 12, was walking out of the hall Wednesday with her mom after misspelling the word "balaclava" when Aubrey Remmers' cellphone rang.

The finals got off to a rocky start when Enya Hubers, 12, from Ontario, Canada misspelled "kanone".

On-stage competition began Tuesday after spellers took a written test, which played a large part in determining which spellers qualified for the finals.

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.

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When asked whether having Naysa, who is from Frisco, and other friends at the national finals helped, the unassuming Karthik said: "Yeah, I guess". The hundreds of precocious spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, stepped out from all 50 states.

Paul Hamrick, 14, from Monterey, Calif., pauses as he spells a word correctly during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018.

She said she struggled with the "ae" because that's not normally seen in German. And several had appeared at the national bee in previous years.

Meanwhile, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and Texas forgot how to spell "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".

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