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Indian-American Karthik Nemmani Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

India | Associated Press | June 1, 2018, 5:17 pm
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 Karthik Nemmani didn't win his regional spelling bee. He didn't even win his county spelling bee. But he was still good enough to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

Karthik Nemmani didn't win his regional spelling bee. He didn't even win his county spelling bee. But he was still good enough to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

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 Throwing everything he had into his one shot at glory, 14-year-old Karthik outlasted better-known spellers on May 31 and became the champion after a dramatically abrupt end to the competition, when 12-year-old Naysa Modi misspelt the word

Throwing everything he had into his one shot at glory, 14-year-old Karthik outlasted better-known spellers on May 31 and became the champion after a dramatically abrupt end to the competition, when 12-year-old Naysa Modi misspelt the word "Bewusstseinslage" in the first championship round. (Image: AP)

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 3) Karthik had to spell two words correctly to seal the title, which he did with ease, and the lanky, soft-spoken Texan stepped back and smiled as he was showered with confetti. (Image: AP)

3) Karthik had to spell two words correctly to seal the title, which he did with ease, and the lanky, soft-spoken Texan stepped back and smiled as he was showered with confetti. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik Nemmani's winning word was

Karthik Nemmani's winning word was "koinonia," which means Christian fellowship or communion. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik is from McKinney, Texas, and Naysa lives in Frisco, Texas — both suburbs of Dallas — and Naysa topped Karthik at their county bee. (Image: AP)

Karthik is from McKinney, Texas, and Naysa lives in Frisco, Texas — both suburbs of Dallas — and Naysa topped Karthik at their county bee. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik is from McKinney, Texas, and Naysa lives in Frisco, Texas — both suburbs of Dallas — and Naysa topped Karthik at their county bee. (Image: AP)

Karthik is from McKinney, Texas, and Naysa lives in Frisco, Texas — both suburbs of Dallas — and Naysa topped Karthik at their county bee. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik Nemmani from McKinney holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill. (Image: AP)

Karthik Nemmani from McKinney holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik Nemmani from McKinney smiles after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

Karthik Nemmani from McKinney smiles after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik Nemmani from McKinney holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill. (Image: AP)

Karthik Nemmani from McKinney holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill. (Image: AP)

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 Confetti begins to fall as Karthik Nemmani from McKinney, Texas, reacts after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

Confetti begins to fall as Karthik Nemmani from McKinney, Texas, reacts after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik Nemmani from McKinney holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill. (Image: AP)

Karthik Nemmani from McKinney holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill. (Image: AP)

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 Karthik Nemmani from McKinney reacts after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

Karthik Nemmani from McKinney reacts after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Image: AP)

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