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Spelling bee 2018: Karthik Nemmani, 14, named Scripps Bee champion

Karthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney, Texas was named the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Thursday night here at Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center after correctly spelling “koinonia.” He defeated the Bee’s largest-ever pool of competitors after 515 spellers took the national stage beginning Tuesday for three days of spellbinding competition.”I had confidence, but I didn’t really think it would happen,” Karthik said. “I’m just really happy. This has just been a dream come true.”The first-time competitor at the National Bee wins more than $40,000 cash, the Scripps trophy, and trips to New York and Los Angeles for national television appearances, among other prizes.But had it not been for a new invitational program, Karthik wouldn’t have made it to the national stage. Through RSVBee, spellers could qualify for the national competition if they did not win their state or regional bees but either won their school bee or had previously competed on the national stage.


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