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For the first time in 52 years, there were two champions when the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee ended at National Harbor, Md. Fourteen-year-old Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, N.Y., and 13-year-old Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, exhausted the judges' attempts to knock them out. Each had one misspelled word, which came in the same round, forcing the competition to continue until there were no words left.  

Spellers who have been eliminated from the competition take a selfie, also known as "spellfie," during a live broadcast commercial break of final rounds of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. Hathwar and Sujoe were declared as co-champions after 22 rounds of the competition.  (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 29: Sriram Hathwar (R) of Painted Post, New York and Ansun Sujoe (L) of Fort Worth, Texas hold their trophy at the end of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 29, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. Hathwar and Sujoe were declared as co-champions after 22 rounds of the competition. (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 28: Speller Chythanya Murali of Little Rock, Arkansas, yawns as she waits on stage for the end of round two of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.  (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 28: Isabelle Marie Simmons of Crofton, Maryland, reacts after misspelling her word during round two of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 students from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.  (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 29: SpellerTea Freedman Susskind of Redmond, Washington, celebrates after she correctly spelled her word during round six of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 29, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. Forty-six spellers have advanced to the semifinals to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.  (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 28: Parents take photos of their children who are competing on stage during round two of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.  (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 28: Speller Madeline Rickert of Minot, North Dakota, gestures after she correctly spelled her word during round three of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.  (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 29: Speller Jacob Daniel Williamson of Cape Coral, Florida, celebrates after he correctly spelled his word during round six of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 29, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. Forty-six spellers have advanced to the semifinals to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest. (Photo by) (Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 28: (L-R) Harry Harman of New Concord, Ohio; Dylan O'Connor of Alexandria Bay, New York; and Tajaun Gibbison of Mandeville, Jamaica celebrate after advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.  (Getty Images)

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