According to CBS News, Thursday's Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in unprecedented 8-way tie after 20 rounds. Running out of challenging words to give the kids, Scripps gave up and declared all eight remaining spellers co-champions, the craziest ending the competition has seen in its 92-year history.
The three-day event began with 562 contestants from all over the U.S. and its territories, as well as six other nations. It took an exhaustive five-and-a-half hours to narrow the group down to 16 kids for the finals.
"Champion spellers, we are now in uncharted territory," pronouncer Jacques Bailly told them when announcing the decision to to name them all as co-champions. "We do have plenty of words remaining on our list. But we will soon run out of words that will possibly challenge you, the most phenomenal collection of super spellers in the history of this competition."
The eight winners ranged in age from 12 to 14 and included six boys and two girls representing the states of Alabama, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. The winners list includes Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao, and Rohan Raja.
For their effort, each will receive a $50,000 cash prize.