OXON HILL, Md. — Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Karthik spelled the word “koinonia” correctly to become the champion late Thursday. He also spelled “haecceitas” correctly after seventh-grader Naysa Modi from Frisco, Texas, missed the word “Bewusstseinslage” in the final round.
The finals began with 41 spellers, and the number slowly dwindled over five rounds, but there was never a mass exodus from the stage. At one point in the second round, 21 consecutive kids spelled their words correctly.
The champion of the 93-year-old competition will receive more than $42,000 in cash and prizes.
The lone winless Eastern Conference team entering Saturday’s match at Inter Miami, the Fire played well at Philadelphia and should have beaten FC Cincinnati but also have been plagued by familiar issues.
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This season marks a new beginning for the club and Wright, who will serve as team captain in the absence of U.S. national team goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
“Personally, I felt like having Chicago, me headed there with the players we have now, it’s going to be a good opportunity to — I hate to say it — but revamp myself.”
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