Harini Logan has been declared the winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2022 in a historic enchantment, after several rounds leaving two spellers a draw. It was her fourth time competing in the bee.
“Honestly, so surreal,” she said of her victory, calling it “a dream.”
In the final rounds, both Vikram Raju, 12, and 14-year-old Logan first missed words back to back – stumbled upon “Senijextee”, meaning “a Salishan people in the Columbian River Valley in Washington and British Columbia” and “Powys, “a Welsh geographical name respectively.
But Raju, a seventh-grader from Denver, stumbled into the next round of “caul” – allowing Logan, who hails from San Antonio, Texas, to spell “sereh” correctly. But she was then stumbled upon by “drimys,” meaning the two went to the next round.
Raju then missed “Otukian,” giving Logan a chance with “myricetin.” But she missed again. And each missed the next word: Raju, “pyrrolidone”; Logan, “scyllarian”.
The judges then decided that the two should meet in an enchantment, the first in the bee’s history. Each participant had 90 seconds to spell as many words as possible. Raju ended the round with 15 confirmed, correctly spelled words – but Logan got him out with 22 words.
However, Raju told host LeVar Burton he would be back next year. A triple competitor in 2022, he will be eligible once again.
According to the bee’s organizers, the bee started this year with more than 11 million students in school, local and regional bees.
Last year’s winner,, was the first African-American winner in the history of the bee. The event was first time since World War II.