National Spelling Bee: The victor is …

Melodie Loya looks upward as she tries to spell a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland U.S

In doing so, the 14-year-old on Thursday night emerged the top speller from a record-shattering 515 contestants at the national bee, compared with 291 last year, after organizers expanded eligibility with a new wild-card programme, reports The Washington Post. She was participating in her fourth consecutive national spelling bee.

Sometime after 8:30 Thursday evening, one of 16 youthful spelling aficionados will win the Scripps National Spelling Bee along with $40,000, a trophy, and trips to NY and Hollywood to appear on popular television shows.

Karthik Nemmani spelt "koinonia" correctly for his victory on Thursday, beating out five others in the last rounds. "Nilla Rajan (bottom center) celebrates as another competitor gets her words right and Brody Dicks (bottom left) racks his brains to correctly spell 'caudation" correctly.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy with Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Adam Symson after winning the annual competition in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday.

Mattie's father, Hollis, told The Telegram Wednesday before the final round announcement that she was relieved after spelling her two words correctly onstage.

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Nemmani won the title during the finals, consisting of 16 spellers, the largest group ever included in the final broadcast round. But because the judges didn't define the word for Reagan, they made a decision to accept her spelling after she had left the stage.

Given the difficulty of the word that tripped Modi, Nemmani said modestly: "She deserves the trophy just as much if not more than I did". The prime time finals featured 11 students who had previously been to the national contest.

Several states are unclear as to how to spell "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", and it's easy to see why.

This is the third time Aisha is competing in the national bee. But her mother noted that Reagan "is only a seventh-grader, so she hopes she will be back" for the national spelling bee next year.

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