Two Indian-Americans Sriram J Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe on 29 May 2014 jointly won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee. This was for the first time since 1962 that Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie.
Sriram is an eighth class student from the Alternative School for Maths and Science, New York while Ansun is a seventh class student from Texas.
In 2014 out of 12 finalists, six were of Indian origin. In addition to Sriram, Ansun and Gokul, the other three Indians were Neha Konakalla from California, Tejas Muthusamy from Virginia and Ashwin Veeramani from Ohio.
This was the fifth appearance for Sriram. He had previously competed in the Bee in 2008, 2009, 2011 when he tied for 6th place, and 2013 when he placed 3rd.
Ansun is making his second trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He had also participated in 2013.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Indian-Americans have retained the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Indian-origin people have remained unchallenged in the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2008 with Sameer Mishra winning it in 2008, Kavya Shivashankar (2009), Anamika Veeramani (2010), Sukanya Roy (2011), Snigdha Nandipati (2012) and Arvind Mahankali (2013).
When: 29 May 2014