National Spelling Bee Runs Out of Hard Words, Crowns 8 Co-Champions, R

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is running out of hard words. In an extraordinary move, the spelling competition crowned eight co-champions who went the final five rounds without misspelling a single word.

The competitors were told at the end of round 17 that because the judges were running out of words hard enough to challenge the remaining competitors, that anyone still standing after 20 rounds would be named co-champion. All eight competitors correctly spelled their words in the final three rounds. Each will get a 50-thousand dollar check for being a co-champion.