California/Nagpur: Indian American kids continued their domination in the Spelling Bee with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga emerging as the co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.
This is the third year in a row there have been co-champions. The runner-up was Sneha Ganesh from Sacramento, California.
While Nihar spelled the word ‘gesellschaft’ correctly, Jairam got ‘Feldenkrais’ right. Jairam is the second sibling pair to win the bee. Last year, Vanya Shivashankar became the cochampion; her sister Kavya won in 2010.
While Jairam said, “It was just insane, I don’t even know how to put it in words…”, his co-champion Nihar was speechless.
“I’m just speechless. I can’t say anything. I’m only in fifth grade,” Nihar said.