national spelling bee winners 2016Jairam Hathwar, a 13-year-old speller from Painted Post, New York, and Nihar Janga, an 11-year-old speller from Austin, Texas, are the  winners of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, presented by Kindle.

It was a marathon finish for these two outstanding competitors. In the 39th round, Hathwar correctly spelled “Feldenkrais,” a medical term used for a system of aided body movements intended to increase bodily awareness and ease tension. Janga immediately followed by spelling “gesellschaft,” which means a rationally developed mechanistic type of social relationship characterized by impersonally contracted associations between persons. With these correct spellings, the Scripps National Spelling Bee declared co-champions for the third year in a row.

The competition had only  three spellers in Round 16. This was Hathwar’s second time and Janga’s first time participating in the National Finals.  Hathwar’s brother Sriram Hathwar was a co-champion in 2014.

The champions each receive:

From Scripps: $40,000 cash prize and the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy

From Kindle: $2,500 for books and Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com, 100 Kindle e-readers for the champion’s school and the opportunity to appear in a Kindle print advertisement

From Merriam-Webster$2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library

From Encyclopedia Brittannica: $400 of reference works, including a 1768 Encyclopaedia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives. Visit spellingbee.com for more information

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