Can you spell erysipelas? Or even define it? Eight kids under age 15 can and they all took home the title of Champion in the 2019 Scripps Spelling Bee.

After 20 nail-biting rounds the judges of the 92nd Scripps Spelling Bee declared not one,  but eight champions. Three hours into the competition and the voice of the Scripps Bee, Jacques Bailly, announced that they were running out of words to challenge the competitors. Then for the first time in history more than two winnners were announced.

The champs were Rishik Gandhasri, 13; Erin Howard, 14; Saketh Sundar, 13;  Shruthika Padhy, 13; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13; Abhijay Kodali, 12; Christopher Serrao, 13; and Rohan Raja, 13

Each winner went five perfect rounds, spelling the final 47 words with precision. They will all take home the $50,000 prize, trophies and will enjoy an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Scripps National Spelling Bee via Facebook



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