Can you spell history? The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee had an epic ending with eight co-champions.
The spelling bee was finally over after it went 20 rounds, which included a run of 47 correct words.
Thursday night's unprecedented decision was made after round 17, when it was announced that while there were plenty of words left in the dictionary, there were only enough challenging words for three final rounds.
The eight co-champions are: Rishik Gandhasri; Erin Howard; Saketh Sundar; Shruthika Padhy; Sohum Sukhatankar; Abhijay Kodali; Christopher Serrao; and Rohan Raja.
"We have plenty of words left on our list but will soon run out of words that would challenge you," said the Bee's official pronouncer Dr. Jacques Bailly, calling those remaining in the 17th round "the most phenomenal assemblage of super-spellers" in the competition's history. The crowd agreed with a standing ovation.
"We're throwing the dictionary at you and so far, you are showing the dictionary who is boss."
And, sure enough, all of the competitors from round 17 made it to the end.
The Dictionary concedes and adds that it is SO. PROUD. https://twitter.com/ScrippsBee/status/1134309888723546114 …
Dictionary loses to 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-Champs:#Speller5 Rishik Gandhasri#Speller93 Erin Howard#Speller132 Saketh Sundar#Speller307 Shruthika Padhy#Speller354 Sohum Sukhatankar#Speller407 Abhijay Kodali#Speller427 Christopher Serrao#Speller462 Rohan Raja
Thursday night's finals went on more than an hour and half past the scheduled time with words like omphalopsychite, Geeldikkop and auftaktigkeit.
Spellcheck may not recognize these words, but the champions sure did.
Five rounds and 47 words in a row were spelled perfectly. Each of the eight champions will receive a $50,000 prize.
Even as the night grew late and the tension ran high, many competitors would still offer high fives or a clasp of hands as another student prepared for or came back from successfully spelling their word. By the end, it was full hugs of support for one another.
The kids got tired, some misheard words at times, but their determination never broke as they carefully worked through each spelling.