Two Indian American Teens Declared Co-champions of National Spelling Bee

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Ansun Sujoe, from Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, N.Y. – the odds-on favorite to win this year’s competition – both looked a bit grim, even as confetti rained down upon them, and a standing crowd loudly cheered, perhaps realizing that they had to share their long sought-after victory. The boys clung tightly to each side the sole trophy, as members of their family joined them onstage.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Indian Americans have won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In total, Indian Americans have won the coveted trophy 14 times. The annual event has not had two co-champions since 1962.

Jacques Bailley, host of the annual competition, announced that Sujoe and Hathwar would receive a $30,000 cash prize, a $2,500 savings bond and complete reference library from publisher Merriam-Webster, and a $1,200 set of reference works from Encyclopedia Brittanica.

And – perhaps most importantly – Sujoe and Hathwar will each receive their own inscribed trophy.

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