Friday, May 27, 2016

JAIRAM HATHWAR & NIHAR JANGA Are 2016 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE CO-CHAMPS!!!

NIHAR JANGA & JAIRAM HATHWAR


CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to 13-year-old PAINTED POST, NY-native JAIRAM HATHWAR and 11-year-old AUSTIN, TX-native NIHAR JANGA who on yesterday, Thursday, May 27, were named 2016 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE CO-CHAMPIUONS!!!

ESPN  reports 13-year-old JAIRAM is the younger brother of 2014 Co-Champion SRIRAM HATHAWAY, and; at age 11, NIHAR is the youngest Spelling Champion to date.

They each received a trophy and $45,000 in cash and prizes.

2016 marks the third consecutive year that the competition has ended in a tie.

Nihar's and Jairam's parents are immigrants from south India, continuing a remarkable run of success for Indian American spellers that began in 1999 with Nupur Lala's victory, which was later featured in the documentary "Spellbound." The bee has produced Indian American champions for nine straight years and 14 out of the past 19.
Before 2014, the bee hadn't declared co-champions in more than 50 years, but now, it seems little can be done to avoid it. The competition concluded shortly before 11 p.m. ET, with the winners having spent seven hours on stage, and bee executive director Paige Kimble has said she wouldn't consider forcing the final spellers to keep going indefinitely.
Even the WORLD Of SPORTS TOOK To SOCIAL MEDIA to express their reactions to The BEE.
-CCG


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