Feedback at 5:00: Spelling Bee Champions

For the first time in more than 50 years, two boys are co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The teens spelled a dozen words in a row correctly during a final round face-off.  They had nearly exhausted the judges’ supply of tough, championship words.

Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar come from two different spectrums of experience.

14-year-old Sriram was just 8-years-old when he competed in his first Scripps National Spelling Bee. 13-year-old Ansun was an underdog didn’t even make it past the preliminaries last year.

It was a back and forth of some of the toughest words in the English language. The winning words: stichomythia and feuilleton.

Sriram said, “it means a lot, and to share it with another person is great.” 

“It’s also pretty rare too, so it’s pretty awesome to be a co-champion,” said Ansun.

What do you think of the decision to declare them both winners?

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