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Maryland –At Thursday night’s 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee championship round, two finalists: Karthik Nemmani and Naysa Modi, faced off for the right to be the 2018 champ. Previously Naysa and Karthik, both from North Texas, competed in the in the Dallas regionals where she beat him. This time, Karthik bested her on a bigger stage, the Nationals as he hoisted the trophy.

12-year-old Naysa went first as pronouncer, Jacques Bailly, gave her the word, “Bewusstseinslage.” When Naysa misspelled it (left out the second s) the door was left open for Karthik to get his crack at spelling his word, haecceitas which he did. 

“Karthik Nemmani if you spell this next word correctly, we will declare you the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion,” said Bailly before he gave him the word, “koinonia.”

Karthik, a 14-year-old eighth grader from Scoggins Middle School in McKinney, Texas,  succinctly and calmly spelled it out to win the title. After competing against 515 contestants in two days and a final round of 16, Karthik was also awarded a $40,000 cash reward.

To view the wining moment between Naysa and Karthik, check out the video on the youtube.