For the second year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two winners at its annual competition, which aired live on ESPN on Thursday night.
The winning word for Vanya Shivashankar, a 13-year-old from Olathe, Texas, was “scherenschnitte,” while 14-year-old St. Louis native Gokul Venkatachalam won with “nunatak.” The pair out-spelled 283 contestants for the title.
This was Vanyar’s fifth time competing, having tied for fifth in 2013 and placing 13th last year. Gokul was participating for a fourth time, after a third-place finish at last year’s competition.
Last year’s competition saw two spellers taking the crown for the first time in 52 years when Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar tied.