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National spelling bee has 2 winners

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (ESPN/CNN) - There are actually two winners at the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee for the first time since 1962.

Ansun Sujoe, 13, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, were declared co-champions.

They both spelled very difficult words correctly.

Hathwar correctly spelled the word "stichomythia" (pronounced stick-ah-mith-ee-uh), which is a technique employed in verse or drama using alternating lines of dialogue to heighten emotion.

Sujoe correctly spelled the word "feuilleton" (pronounced foi-a-tin).

Merriam-Webster defines the word as a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader.

The final two competitors were declared co-champions when the bee ran out of words after Sujoe correctly spelled "feuilleton."

This is only the fourth tie in the history of the national spelling bee since its beginning in 1925.

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