A 14-year-old named Harini Logan won the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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If you don’t know how to spell a word, you could look it up in a dictionary. Or maybe you could ask Harini Logan! The 14-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, correctly spelled a series of seriously hard words in the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee to capture the top prize.
“This is such a dream,” Harini said after the bee, according to CNN. “This is my fourth bee, and I’m just so overwhelmed.”
In spelling bees, contestants are given words to try to spell. If they spell the word correctly, they stay in the bee. If not, they are out of the contest. As the bee continues, there are fewer and fewer spellers. The last speller left wins!
This year’s Scripps Spelling Bee was a tough contest. The last two contestants, Harini and Vikram Raju, 12, were tied during the final round, so the judges decided to have a tiebreaker round called a “spell-off.” In a spell-off, each contestant tries to spell as many words as possible in 90 seconds. Vikram spelled 15 words correctly, while Harini spelled 22 words correctly, making her the winner. Harini’s words included “kniphofia” (a kind of plant) and “moorhen” (a kind of bird).
For her prize, Harini received a trophy and $50,000. As for Vikram, he says he’s going to try again next year!