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“This is just such a dream. I’m overwhelmed.”

Harini Logan, a 14-year-old from Texas, after winning the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night in a dramatic, unprecedented spell-off. Harini, who was competing in the bee for the fourth time, correctly spelled 21 words in a rapid-fire 90-second burst, outlasting runner-up Vikram Raju, 12, of Colorado, who correctly spelled 15. The spell-off followed several heart-stopping rounds during which neither contestant was able to prevail. Some of the words she had to spell included: “ikebana,” “meunière,” “wiliwili” and “obvertend.” (Washington Post — June 3, 2022)

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