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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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ajt1025 February 24 2014 at 12:28 PM

That's great to see such to kids doing well!!! Hope they both keep it up thru their lives. Good going kids!!!

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stepnet3 February 24 2014 at 12:26 PM

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almasearch February 24 2014 at 12:27 PM

Kudos to both of them!!!! P.S. Maybe they should have given both of them the same 20 words, and had them both write down the correct spellings. Whoever spelled them all right, or had the most correct words would be the winner. OR ... Had them spell supercalifragulisticexpialidocious (and I probably spelled that wrong!). :-)

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dlnrjm February 24 2014 at 4:59 PM

How awesome.

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Bill February 24 2014 at 4:58 PM

"...according to it's website..."? Somebody just lost the "professional journalism" spelling bee.

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hunterbill330 February 24 2014 at 4:18 PM

they BOTH deserve to go they ran the scripps spelling bee list out of words then that means they are pretty darn smart, and have earned the right to go!!!!!!!

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db1219 hunterbill330 February 24 2014 at 8:09 PM

Fine, Hunter-----you be the one to foot the airline and hotel bill for the two of them and their families.

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spsportsmom4 February 24 2014 at 4:13 PM

They both won the right to go to Washington, send them both; after all it’s not their fault the Spelling Bee ran out of words. Congratulations to Sophia and Kush on your hard work and great spelling!

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Tony and Laurel February 24 2014 at 12:55 PM

There is hope for some of our children. Maybe the educational system is starting to wise up.

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erb848 February 24 2014 at 3:30 PM

You'd think that AOL's copy editor--especially in a story about smart kid spellers--could take the apostrophe out of 'it's' and muster the missing comma in the final, compound sentence--which was repeated in a run-on version. It makes a nice story, but deadline urgency there ain't.....

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raceitarx2 erb848 February 24 2014 at 4:28 PM

The use of "it's" is correct, being the contraction for "it is". "its" denotes possesion. The duplicate sentences at the end are dumb, although the first one is correct.

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mhdjl raceitarx2 February 24 2014 at 5:10 PM

Actually, erb848 is correct. I was taught, many years ago, that to check for the proper usage, substitute "it is" in the sentence. If the sentence flows, then "it's" is correct. In the case of the article, "... which according to (it is) website, covers more than 450 words. Therefore, "its" (without the apostrophe) would be the correct word.

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momeehan47 February 24 2014 at 1:15 PM

The same thing happened Saturday in Lafayette, Indiana spelling bee, but the judges were able to procure more words and a winner was named. Looks like kids are getting so good at these bees now that the judges really should be prepared when this happens again.

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