Word games

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 - 5:56 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 - 9:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, has taken top honors in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. Janga triumphed Wednesday during a competition at the National Geographic...
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March 30, 2019 - 1:45 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — What a gift! A Charleston woman was given a $3 lottery ticket and it has paid off, winning her $100,000. WCIV-TV reports the winning ticket was purchased at the Dodges Store #863 on Johns Island. That business received $1,000 for selling the ticket. Having never played the...
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In this combination of photos, students compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., on May 29-30, 2018. The contestants are, top row, from left: Isaac Phillips, from Ponchatoula, La., Brody Dicks, from Park City, Utah, and Natalia Lutz, from Huntington Station, N.Y.; middle row, from left: Shiva Yeshlur, from Rock Springs, Wyo., Sophia Clark, from White Marsh, Md., and Nicholas Lee, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; bottom row, from left: Eleanor Tallman, Shria Halkoda, from Wadsworth, Ill., and Isabel Messina, from Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
June 01, 2018 - 10:36 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn't the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer...
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Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, reacts to spelling a word correctly during the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 31, 2018 - 10:55 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the Scripps National Spelling Bee (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Fourteen-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Karthik spelled the word "koinonia" correctly to become the champion late Thursday. He also spelled "...
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Reagan Remmers, 12, from Missoula, Mont., spells her word incorrectly during the 3rd Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
May 31, 2018 - 10:44 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — After a longer build-up than usual, the dramatic final rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee began on Thursday. Forty-one spellers advanced to the finals out of a field of 516 — by far the largest in the 93-year history of the competition. Scripps started a wild-card...
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Dr. Balu Natarajan, right, from Hinsdale, Ill., poses for a photograph with his son Atman Balakrishnan, 12, as they look at Dr. Natarajan's winning word, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 29, 2018 - 4:56 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The domination of the Scripps National Spelling Bee by Indian-Americans has gone on long enough that a second generation has emerged. Last year, Mira Dedhia, whose mother competed in the bee three times, finished third. This year, the first child of a former champion is...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2017 file photo, Mira Dedhia, 13, from Western Springs, Ill., uses an imaginary keyboard to correctly spell her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. A new wild-card program has expanded the field at the Scripps National Spelling Bee from fewer than 300 spellers to more than 500. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
April 30, 2018 - 3:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Gargantuan" might be an appropriate word to kick off this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. The competition will be super-sized because of a new wild-card program that provided a path to the bee for kids who didn't qualify by conventional means and were willing to pay their...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, Siyona Mishra, 11, of Orlando, Fla. gestures while trying to spell "hacek" during the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has announced a rule change that could result in the field of spellers nearly doubling, from fewer than 300 to more than 500. Previously, spellers had to win their regional bee to make it to nationals. For three years running, Siyona Mishra and Dhyana Mishra faced off amid some of the highest stakes in competitive spelling. They outlasted the rest of the field at the regional spelling bee in Orlando in 2015, 2016 and this year. But there was only room at the Scripps National Spelling Bee for one of them. Siyona finished eighth overall at nationals in 2015, but last year, she lost the regional bee to Dhyana _ the two are not related _ and had no way to return. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 05, 2017 - 6:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For three years running, Siyona Mishra and Dhyana Mishra faced off amid some of the highest stakes in competitive spelling. They outlasted the rest of the field at the regional spelling bee in Orlando, Florida. But there was only room at the Scripps National Spelling Bee for one...
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November 16, 2017 - 8:11 am
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Jason Englen pleaded guilty Wednesday to...
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