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The Next America | Education

And Then There Were Two

Cochampions are crowned at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

May 30, 2014

For the first time in 52 years, there were two champions when the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee ended at National Harbor, Md. Fourteen-year-old Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, N.Y., and 13-year-old Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, exhausted the judges' attempts to knock them out. Each had one misspelled word, which came in the same round, forcing the competition to continue until there were no words left.  

Spellers eliminated from the competition take a selfie, also known as "spellfie," during a commercial break in the live broadcast of the Scripps National Spelling Bee's final rounds.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sriram Hathwar (right) and Ansun Sujoe hold their trophy after 22 rounds of competition.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Speller Chythanya Murali of Little Rock, Ark., yawns as she waits on stage for the end of round two.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Isabelle Marie Simmons of Crofton, Md., reacts after misspelling her word during round two.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Tea Freedman Susskind of Redmond, Wash., celebrates after she correctly spelled her word during round six.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Parents take photos of their children competing in the spelling bee.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Madeline Rickert of Minot, N.D., gestures after she correctly spelled her word during round three.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jacob Daniel Williamson of Cape Coral, Fla., celebrates after he correctly spelled his word during round six.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(From left) Harry Harman of New Concord, Ohio; Dylan O'Connor of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; and Tajaun Gibbison of Mandeville, Jamaica celebrate after advancing to the semifinals.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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