Children’s Spelling Bee Runs Out of Words
Exhausted organizers got the last word after a spelling duel between Sophia Hoffman and Kush Sharma resulted in a tie: “legendary.” The indefatigable competitors, aged 11 and 13, showed no signs of letting up after going 66 rounds in Kansas and burning through 300 Scripps-approved words. Those running the contest found themselves lost for words and called it a draw — at least for now. At stake is a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. The competitors will face off again after organizers have a chance to comb through the dictionary for something, anything, to stump these wondrous wordsmiths.