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Spelling Bee 2016 winners: Nihar Janga, Jairam Hathwar crowned victors

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Are you smarter than a fifth grader? How about a seventh grader? You’re probably not as smart as Nihar Janga, 11, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, who jointly won the Scripps National Spelling Bee for spelling “gesellschaft” and “Feldenkrais,” respectively. 

For the third year in a row, the Bee has ended in a tie. “I’m just speechless,” Janga said. “I can’t say anything. I’m only in fifth grade.” Hathwar, whose brother Sriram was a co-winner of the Bee in 2014, echoed that sentiment. “It was just insane,” he said. “I don’t even know how to put it in words.” 

Watch Janga spell “gesellschaft” and secure his victory. 

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The Spelling Bee began Tuesday with 284 contestants, and by Thursday only 10 made it to the finals to compete for the title before a live audience aired on ESPN. Janga and Hathwar take home $40,000 in cash and other prizes.