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Texas teen wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

Karthik Nemmani poses with the championship trophy and E.W. Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson
Karthik Nemmani (L) poses with the championship trophy and E.W. Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Karthik Nemmani, 14, of Texas, became the champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., after successfully spelling "koinonia," which means Christian fellowship or communion, AP's Ben Nuckols reports.

The competition had a dramatically abrupt end, after 12-year-old Naysa Modi misspelled "Bewusstseinslage" in the first championship round.

Winners: "When only three spellers remained, all were from the Dallas area, which has long been a hotbed of spelling talent."

A photo collage of all the contestants
The contestants get their spell on. Photo: AP
Contestant Sravanth Malla, 14, puts his hands to his head in defeat
Sravanth Malla, 14, from Haverstraw, N.Y. Photo: Cliff Owen/AP
Paul Hamrick, 14, frowns on stage
Paul Hamrick, 14, from Monterey, Calif. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP
Rohan Raja, 12, puts up his fists triumphantly
Rohan Raja, 12, from Irving, Texas. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP