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Spelling bee runs out of words

Spelling Bee Runs Out Of Words

A spelling bee in Kansas City, Missouri came to an unusual end over the weekend. There was no winner .... because judges ran out of words.

Sophia Hoffman, 11, and 13-year-old Kush Sharma tied at the Jackson County Spelling Bee after 5 hours and 66 rounds. Last year's competition only went 21 rounds, according The Kansas City Star.

The event started with 25 contestants, but only after 19 did it come down to Hoffman and Sharma. Organizers had to take a break to come up with new words to give the young contestants after having used up all of the ones provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee - which, according to it's website, covers more than 450 words.

Officials reportedly chose 20 words out of a Merriam-Webster dictionary during a lunch break, but decided not to go any further for fear of giving one student an easier word.

It's not o-v-e-r yet, though. The contest will resume March 8th and the winner will go on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

But it's not over yet, the contest will resume March 8 and the winner will go on to the national spelling bee in Washington D.C. in May.


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sean.isik March 04 2014 at 9:49 AM

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lunarstruck February 25 2014 at 3:24 AM

They should declare a tie and send them BOTH. Anything less is unfair at this point.

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larryhorstman February 25 2014 at 3:17 AM

Resume the contest? Because it would be SO wrong to send both of them to DC?

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bmepstein February 25 2014 at 1:28 AM

Apparently AOL staffers are not candidates for spelling honors, there's a misspelled word in this article! Not to mention several others I spotted in this morning's scrolling headlines. :(

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rothhammer1 February 25 2014 at 12:48 AM

Kudos to Hoffman and Sharma.

May they spread knowledge throughout the populace.

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socraticknight February 25 2014 at 12:09 AM

the indian people must be doing something right. spelling bee contests are usually won by kids of indian descent. they must raise their children in a conservative way. some ethnic minorities can learn from them.

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surferlaments February 25 2014 at 2:03 AM

ethnic minorities? all people would have said it better.

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BEWARE.. HUNTERS February 24 2014 at 11:40 PM

Waaaaa????? No one heard of a dictionary?

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WayneLikesIt!! February 24 2014 at 10:17 PM

So who won?

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blkxorin February 24 2014 at 9:27 PM

If these so-called contests really want to be fair, then perhaps they should have the contestants spell the same word. They could spell the words on an electronic board shielded from each player a la final jeopardy. Or use something cheaper, but at least it would be somewhat fairer than it is now. Regardless, it still comes down to being lucky enough not getting a word you can't spell.

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donahuepapad123 February 25 2014 at 3:14 AM

i agree and as each contestant misses thier word they are illeminated , sounds good likes do it ? just dont check mine , my spellcheck is broken ? lol.

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hurry up dammit February 24 2014 at 9:04 PM

I would propose that in the future, the spelling bee format should end with a Wheel of Fortune style playoff. That way, the kids would still be able to spell, they would get to use the words in a sentence and they may even learn the definition if possible.

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