National Spelling Bee declares two winners for first time in decades


(CNN) — Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Hathwar correctly spelled the word “stichomythia” and Sujoe correctly spelled the word “feuilleton.”

In this year’s national championship, 281 spellers from eight countries competed for the title.

The contest started Tuesday and finished up Thursday night with the finals broadcast live on ESPN.

The youngest competitor was 8 years old, and the oldest was 15 years old, organizers said.

This is the first time in decades the National Spelling Bee has declared two winners.

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