National Spelling Bee Champs!
Of 11 million spellers ages 9 to 15, two have tied for first place in the 88th Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. Gokul Venkatacham and Vanya Shivashankar have both previously competed in the national spelling bees. The winning words were nunatak (a hill surrounded by glacial ice), and scherenschnitte (the decorative art of paper cutting). Venkatachalam’s favorite word is sangfroid (coolness under pressure,) appropriate for a spelling bee finalist.