Scripps National Spelling Bee Ends In 8-Way Tie For First

The Scripps National Spelling Bee saw the amazing, first-time event of eight different spellers all tying for first, after 20 rounds of competition.

By NathanG on May 31, 2019
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For the first time ever, eight kids have tied to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

According to People, the unprecedented event continued late into the night, May 30th. After 17 intense rounds, the announcer for the event, Jacques Bailly, announced that the competition would end after 20 rounds. He declared that any speller who spelled the next three words correctly, would be crowned co-champions. “We’re throwing the dictionary at you, and you’re showing the dictionary who’s boss,” Bailly told the competitors.

The historic event had everyone excited and amazed at the level of skill, shown by the spellers. Bailly commented on the competition, saying: “We are now in uncharted territory.” “We do have plenty of words remaining on our list, but we’ll soon run out of words that will possibly challenge you, the most phenomenal assemblage of super-spellers in the history of this competition.” The National Spelling Bee reportedly has had six two-way ties in the past. This event, however, marked the first time this amount of spellers were declared winners.

Congratulations to all the winners!

To read more about the competition, click here.

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