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Beaverton speller goes three rounds in national bee

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Beaverton's Divya Amirtharaj made it to the third round in this week's 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md.Beaverton’s Divya Amirtharaj made it to the third round in this week’s 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md.

Amirtharaj, 12, a Meadow Park Middle School student, was Portland’s fourth repeat champion to make it to the national spelling bee. She competed with more than 50 students from the region for the honor during 16 rounds at the mid-May contest in Portland.

For the first time since 1962, the national spelling bee had co-champions. Sriram Hathwar, 14, from Painted Post, N.Y., and Ansun Sujoe, 13, from Fort Worth, Texas, were declared co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.

Hathwar and Sujoe competed for 22 rounds in the contest. Hathwar spelled “stichomythia” and Sujoe responded by correctly spelling “feuilleton,” leading E.W. Scripps Co. Chairman Rich Boehne to declared the two co-champions. It was the fourth time there have been co-champions.

“Congratulations to Sriram and Ansun, who navigated their way through some very difficult words to become the 2014 co-champions,” Boehne said. “The Scripps National Spelling Bee captures the nation's attention every May, and it's an honor to see these young men and women step up to the challenge.”

More than 11 million spellers competed this year as part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.



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