Harini Logan has been declared the winner of the 2022 Scripps National Spelling B race in a historic spell, after several rounds that left the spellers tied. This was the fourth time she had competed with bees.
“Honestly, very surreal,” she said of her win, calling it a “dream.”
In the final rounds, 12-year-old Vikram Raju and 14-year-old Logan both squandered the first words back — tripped by “Synijxti,” which means “Salichan people of the Columbian River Valley of Washington and British Columbia” and “Powys,” Welsh geographical name, respectively.
But Raju, a seventh grader from Denver, was tripped up in the next round by “Cole” — allowing Logan, who hails from San Antonio, Texas, to spell “Sereh” correctly. But she was then tripped up by the “drimys,” meaning the two headed to the next round.
Raju then missed the song “Otukian”, giving Logan a chance with “myricetin”. But she missed it again. And all of them missed the following word: ragu, “pyrrolidone”; Logan, “Sclarian.”
The judges then decided that the two would face a spell, a first in the history of bees. Each contestant had 90 seconds to spell as many words as possible. Raju finished the round with 15 emphatic words correctly – but Logan outscored him by 22.
But Raju has told host Livar Burton that he will be back next year. A three-time competitor in 2022, he will be eligible again.
According to bee regulators, bees started this year with more than 11 million students in the school, local and regional bees.
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