Chances are you can’t spell coelogyne, but you can probably spell tie.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee, broadcast on ESPN, ended Thursday night in an unprecedented 8-way tie. In the event’s 92 year history, there have never been this many c0-champions.
With too many kids left after the semifinal round, organizers had to do a special round of extremely hard words to trim the field.
Over 550 competitors took part in the national spelling bee this year. Almost half of those came from a new system, RSVBee. While all kids used to have to win regional spelling bees and garnering a sponsor, the RSVBee allowed families to bypass the traditional route if they can afford a $1,500 entrance fee, as well as six nights in a hotel.
In the end, eight children withstood the 20 rounds and were named champions. The six boys and two girls will each get $50,000.