I would not wanna go up against these two!
Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar now share the National Spelling Bee Championship title and made history in two different ways!
The bee hadn’t ended in a tie for 52 years, until last year. Now it’s happened for an unprecedented two years running!
Vanya, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, is the first sibling of a past champion to win – Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009. Gokul, 14, of Chesterfield, Missouri, finished third last year, behind the two co-champions.
Vanya’s final word was “scherenschnitte,” which means the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. After being informed he’d be the co-champion if he got the next word right.
Gokul’s final word is very DIFFICULT! Can YOU spell it?!
Vanya and Gokul went head-to-head for 10 rounds before the list of 25 championship words was exhausted!
Fourteen of the past 18 winners, including the four champions the past two years, have been Indian-Americans.