Karthik Nemmani, 14, wins National Spelling Bee

Erin Howard spells a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland U.S

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In addition to the trophy, Nemmani will receive $25,000 in cash, trips to NY and Hollywood as part of a spelling bee media tour, a pizza party for his classmates at Scoggins Middle School and a complete Merriam-Webster reference library. Fans can head to the Spelling Bee's official Twitter to view live updates from Thursday's final rounds.

Karthik Nemmani, a 14-year-old Indian-American boy, today won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking home more than Dollars 42,000 in cash and prizes after correctly spelling "koinonia" to become the 14th champion from the community in 11 consecutive years. The winning word was "koinonia".

Naysa Modi from Frisco finished second as she misspelt "Bewusstseinslage". "Nilla Rajan (bottom center) celebrates as another competitor gets her words right and Brody Dicks (bottom left) racks his brains to correctly spell 'caudation" correctly.

Remmers, 12, was walking out of the hall Wednesday with her mom after misspelling the word "balaclava" when Aubrey Remmers' cellphone rang.

Third place contestant, Abhijay Kodali, is also from Texas. The final, which had 16 spellers, went on for 18 rounds.

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He said there were eight or nine words during the prime-time finals he didn't know - a rare admission for a national champion.

Last week Indian-origin Venkat Ranjan, won the National Geographic Bee, which carries a $50,000 scholarship, beating out two others. But because the judges didn't define the word for Reagan, they chose to accept her spelling after she had left the stage. More than 500 spellers competed this year - a record number for the event.

"A lot of people wanted to interview us, but that didn't really put any pressure on me", Atman said.

This year, 41 of the orginal 516 spellers made it to the first round of the the finals.

Several states are unclear as to how to spell "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", and it's easy to see why. But then the three-time Missoula County spelling bee champion will once again hit the books.

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