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Put your spelling skills to the test with these seven words from this year's bee.

Nemmani would not have made it to the finals if not for the introduction of a new rule known as RSVBee which opened up the competition to those who did not win the regional or state championships but had come second or had won their school bee or had participated in a national bee before.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a three-day, nationally televised event in which more than 500 kids compete with one another to spell increasingly hard English words. "Nilla Rajan (bottom center) celebrates as another competitor gets her words right and Brody Dicks (bottom left) racks his brains to correctly spell 'caudation" correctly.

Nemmani will take home a trophy and $40,000 in prizes, a $25,000 cash prize, a reference library from Merriam-Webster, and trips to NY and Hollywood.

During prime time on ESPN, she spelled arrhostia and gnomonics before missing her word.

The third through sixth places went to Abhijay Kodali, Jashun Paluru, Navneeth Murali and Sravanth Malla.

Karthik also continued a longtime trend by becoming the 14th champion or co-champion of South Asian descent the bee has had in 11 consecutive years.


Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, covers her face as her video profile is aired during the evening finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Given the difficulty of the word that tripped Modi, Nemmani said modestly: "She deserves the trophy just as much if not more than I did".

Using the top searched "how to spell" words of each state, Google compiled a map that shows which words have given people the most pause in the US.

The most commonly misspelled word in the United States, carry the number one spot in eleven states, is "beautiful". And some states, such as Montana, sent only one victor to the nationals while others, like OH, sent 18.

Simone, who tied for 189th place a year ago, has drawn notice for her bee-themed attire.

Simone qualified for the national bee by winning the Miami Herald's annual competition.


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