National Spelling Bee Ends Tied for 2nd Straight Year

They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. So they shared the title on Thursday, making history in two different ways. The bee hadn't ended in a tie for 52 years — until last year. Now it's happened for an unprecedented two years running. Vanya, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, is the first sibling of a past champion to win. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009.



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