Champion crowned at Scripps National Spelling Bee from record-breaking field

The 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship held on Thursday night declared Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Tex as the winner. In the 93 year old history of the Bee championship the recent one was the most profound one.

The 14 year old contestant appeared the top speller creating a record of letting down 515 participants, in comparison to the 291 members that had appear for the competition last year, post the organizers had made the eligibility criteria intense with the introduction of the wild card program.

However, Nemmani who was facing the competition at his first ever national bee, put forth a poise of veteran, looking like he would sail through his words: “condottiere”.  “passus,” “shamir” (knight or roving soldier available for hire), “miarolitic” (of igneous rock), “cendre” (a moderate blue), “ankyloglossia” (limited normal movement of the tongue), “grognard,” (tiny worm capable to splitting the hardest stone) and “jagüey” (an East Indian tree).

Nemmani spelled frequently with his hands crossed behind his back and a pinch of betraying emotion on his face. Gradually it came down to the 12 year old Nayasa Modi and him, also from the Dallas region. Nemmani kept a common attitude when Modi misspelled “Bewusstseinslage.”

“I’m just really happy,” he said moments after succeeding. “This has just been a dream come true.”

“I just try not to think about it,” told a sixth-grader from Frisco, Tex Modi, who had taken part in her fourth national bee, when asked later than Thursday afternoon spelling rounds related to whether she might be a favorite to win. “That’s too much pressure.”

Tuesday and Wednesday remained quite busy the spellers spend hours in the contest, who were of different ages between 8-14 years. The bee authorities used test scores to decide that 41 of the speller would be promoted towards the final round on Wednesday.

by TNBC Staff Reporter on June 1, 2018

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