National Spelling Bee Ends in Tie

Missouri teen Gokul Venkatachalam and Kansas’s Vanya Shivashankar tied for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee title 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 without 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.