2015 National Spelling Bee Ends in A Tie

    Vanya Shivashankar (L) of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis Missouri lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland May 28, 2015.


    Missouri teen Gokul Venkatachalam and Kansas' Vanya Shivashankar tied for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee title on Thursday, in the second consecutive year officials have crowned co-champions. The 13-year-old Shivashankar, whose sister won the Bee in 2009, secured the title on the word scherenschnitte. Venkatachalam, 14, was told he would be co-champion if he spelled his final word correctly and with asking a definition, won on the word nunatak. Scripps had not crowned co-champions since 1962 until last year, when officials also ran out of words on the list to separate the two finalists.

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