Harini Logan (14) created history on Thursday night when she won the first-ever spell-off at the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Harini, a Texas native, received a trophy and a cheque for $50,000.
Harini defeated Vikram Raju (12) in the spell-off, a game where the contestants are tested on how many words they could spell correctly in 90 sec.
While Vikram spelled 15 out of 19 words right, Harini got 21 out of 26 words correctly in the final round.
Holding the trophy, an over-whelmed Harini said, “This is such a dream come true; everything feels so surreal; this is my fourth bee.”
The Spelling Bee features middle and elementary school students spelling words that would cause even adults to stammer.
The Bee returned last year after a break in 2020 due to COVID with some minor changes. The finals were held in person at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida.
Since 1994, ESPN has been the home of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year’s host was LeVar Burton, who hosted the semifinal and the final round of the event.
Speaking to the press, Burton said that he always looks forward to the spelling bee competition every year. He is always excited to be a part of this amazing tradition that celebrates excellence.