Proud moment: In the first-ever tiebreaker, American Indian Harini Logan wins the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Scripps National Spelling Bee 2022 has a new champion. The competition was won by a teenager of Indian origin, Harini Logan. The 14-year-old, who belongs to San Antonio, Texas, scripted the story after the contest entered the first-ever whirlwind tiebreaker, according to media reports. The tiebreaker is held at the discretion of the judges when there is no clear winner even after several rounds. During the 90-second flash round, Logan correctly spelled 21 words.

Second place was taken by 7th grader Vikram Raju. He spelled 15 words correctly in the tiebreaker. Vikram, who is 12, is eligible to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for one more year.


The 14-year-old spelling bee winner will also receive more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. Not only that, his name will also be featured in the Scripps Cup, which is the official championship trophy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Eighth-grader Logan was also knocked out of the competition once and then reinstated. Harini seems to be one of the better known spellings coming into bee. She had also become a crowd favorite for her positivity.

(With agency contributions)


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