Academic competitions

Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, celebrates after becoming one of eight co-champions in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. The spelling bee ended in unprecedented 8-way championship tie after organizers ran out of challenging words. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 31, 2019 - 2:51 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee suffered a body blow when eight kids ended up co-champions because they were simply too accomplished to stumble over any of the words Scripps threw at them. That doesn't mean it's irretrievably broken. Even some critics who thought the words...
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The eight co-champions of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, from left, Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif., Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, hold the trophy at the end of the competition in Oxon Hill, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 30, 2019 - 9:59 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the National Spelling Bee (all times local): 12:07 p.m. Eight spellers were better than the dictionary. They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy. In the most...
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Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., reacts after spelling her word correctly as she competes in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 30, 2019 - 4:44 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The kids were just too good. The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee turned into a slog on Thursday, with bee organizers unable to scour Webster's Unabridged dictionary for words challenging enough to narrow the field efficiently. It started routinely enough, with 10...
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Akash Vukoti, 9, of San Angelo, Texas, competes in the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 28, 2019 - 2:56 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Akash Vukoti is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the third time at age 9. It's just one of his many star turns. He's coming off an appearance on "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" and has also been featured on "Little Big Shots." While at the bee, he's...
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Nihar Janga, 14, of Austin, Texas, reacts with a prayer after winning the National Geographic GeoBee, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at National Geographic in Washington. Janga is also a past co-winner of the National Spelling Bee, in 2016, when he won in a tie at eleven-years-old. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 22, 2019 - 6:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors Wednesday in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. Janga triumphed during a competition at the National Geographic...
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