Karthik Nemmani didn't win his regional spelling bee.
After Sravanth Malla, 14, of Haverstraw, N.Y., misspelled "cento", the Bee was down to its final five competitors in round 12 of the competition overall. This year, however, he made it in through a new, second-chance rule known as "RSVBee".
Sometime after 8:30 Thursday evening, one of 16 youthful spelling aficionados will win the Scripps National Spelling Bee along with $40,000, a trophy, and trips to NY and Hollywood to appear on popular television shows.
"I nearly didn't answer because it was an OH number, " Aubrey Remmers said. "I felt kind of nervous because I know anybody can get any word, and there's lots of luck involved".
The champion of the 93-year-old competition will receive more than $42,000 in cash and prizes.
He smiled, and added, "I guess it gave me a little more confidence". But both he and Reagan, who correctly spelled "nectarivorous" in Round 2, were not among the 41 finalists based on their scores in the Round 1 test of spelling and vocabulary.
The bee had 519 spellers participating in rounds one and two, and 452 take part in round three.
It was Modi's fourth trip to the national bee; she finished seventh previous year. Four of the 16 prime-time finalists were wild cards.
The third through sixth places went to Abhijay Kodali, Jashun Paluru, Navneeth Murali and Sravanth Malla.
"I wouldn't say it was revenge", he said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Aisha Randhawa, 12, from Corona, Calif., reacts to spelling a word correctly in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. Each speller stood in front of the microphone and saw the bright lights at least once as the Bee trimmed its massive pool Tuesday and Wednesday.
There were a total of 516 children who qualified for the nationals this year. But then the three-time Missoula County spelling bee champion will once again hit the books. She deserved the trophy as much as I did.
She said she struggled with the "ae" because that's not normally seen in German. "I just want to be happy however I place". The wining word was "koinonia".
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