Must say it was an exciting finish last night. And the real history was made when Vanya Shivashankar became co-champ. Her sister Kavya won in 2009 on the word laodicean.
No siblings have ever won the title in the 88-year history of the National Spelling Bee.
It’s been said the Spelling Bee is the Indian Super Bowl. Indeed, South Asians have won 7 straight years.
Last night, some potential stumpers included a Filipino word. Not filicite, that’s got nothing to do with Filipinos.
And thamakau, which has nothing to do with cows.
Now that’s a Filipino word.
And co-champ Gokul Venkatacham got it in the 7th round.