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87th Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Date  May 27–29, 2014
87th Scripps National Spelling Bee
Location  Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
Winner  Ansun Sujoe Sriram Hathwar (co-winners)
Age  13 (Sujoe) / 14 (Hathwar)
Residence  Fort Worth, Texas (Sujoe) / Painted Post, New York (Hathwar)
Sponsor  Texas Christian University (Sujoe) Corning Rotary Club (Hathwar)

The 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held from May 27 to May 29, 2014 at the Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, Maryland and was broadcast live on ESPN3, the semi-finals on ESPN2, with the final rounds live on ESPN. Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas and Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York won the competition, making the 87th Bee the twelfth in the past sixteen competitions to have an Indian-American champion.


Competition details

  • 281 spellers participated in the 2014 competition.
  • The competition welcomed 208 new spellers around the world.
  • The youngest competitor, at 8 years old, was Hussain A. Godhrawala from South Carolina.
  • Finals

    Both Sujoe and Hathwar spelled their words incorrectly in Round 16 of the championship round. Hathwar misspelled the word corpsbruder, meaning a close comrade. However, Sujoe was unable to take the advantage of the slip-up, misspelling antigropelos, meaning waterproof leggings.

    For the rest of the 25-word championship list they spelled every word correctly. In the final round, Hathwar correctly spelled stichomythia and Sujoe correctly spelled feuilleton, exhausting the list of words. As co-champions, Hathwar and Sujoe were the seventh consecutive Indian-Americans to win the competition. It was the first time the competition ended in co-champions in over 50 years, since the 1962 bee.

    Hathwar was appearing in the national bee for the fifth time. He had been the youngest participant ever to date when he appeared as a young 8-year old in the 2008 bee. He was eliminated in the preliminary rounds that year. In 2009 he finished 37th. In 2011 he finished 6th, and he finished third in 2013. His younger brother Jairam was co-winner in 2016.


    87th Scripps National Spelling Bee Wikipedia

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