For the second consecutive year, there are co-champions in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

After Vanya Shivashankar nailed it on scherenschnitte, Gokul Venkatachalam had to spell nunatek. He wasted little time in rattling off the correct letters. That left the bee without enough words to determine a single champion.

If Venkatachalam had missed on nunatek, Shivashankar would have been given one last word for a chance to be solo champion.

Spelling Bee Champions, Winning Words

2015: VANYA SHIVASHANKAR
 

2015: VANYA SHIVASHANKAR

Vanya Shivashankar (Olathe News of Kansas)

2015: VANYA SHIVASHANKAR
 

2015: VANYA SHIVASHANKAR

Vanya Shivashankar (Olathe News of Kansas)

2015: GOKUL VENKATACHALAM
 

2015: GOKUL VENKATACHALAM

Gokul Venkatachalam (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

2015: GOKUL VENKATACHALAM
 

2015: GOKUL VENKATACHALAM

Gokul Venkatachalam (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

2014: ANSUN SUJOE
 

2014: ANSUN SUJOE

Ansun Sujoe (Corning Rotary Club)

2014: ANSUN SUJOE
 

2014: ANSUN SUJOE

Ansun Sujoe (Corning Rotary Club)

2014: SRIRAM HATHWAR
 

2014: SRIRAM HATHWAR

Ansun Sujoe (Texas Christian University)

2014: SRIRAM HATHWAR
 

2014: SRIRAM HATHWAR

Ansun Sujoe (Texas Christian University)

2013: ARVIND MAHANKALI
 

2013: ARVIND MAHANKALI

Arvind Mahankali (New York Daily News)

2013: ARVIND MAHANKALI
 

2013: ARVIND MAHANKALI

Arvind Mahankali (New York Daily News)

2012: SNIGDHA NANDIPATI
 

2012: SNIGDHA NANDIPATI

Snigdha Nandipati (San Diego Union-Tribune)

2012: SNIGDHA NANDIPATI
 

2012: SNIGDHA NANDIPATI

Snigdha Nandipati (San Diego Union-Tribune)

2011: SUKANYA ROY
 

2011: SUKANYA ROY

Sukanya Roy (Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

2011: SUKANYA ROY
 

2011: SUKANYA ROY

Sukanya Roy (Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

2010: ANAMIKA VEERAMANI
 

2010: ANAMIKA VEERAMANI

Anamika Veeramani (The Plain Dealer of Cleveland)

2010: ANAMIKA VEERAMANI
 

2010: ANAMIKA VEERAMANI

Anamika Veeramani (The Plain Dealer of Cleveland)

2009: KAVYA SHIVASHANKAR
 

2009: KAVYA SHIVASHANKAR

Kavya Shivashankar (Olathe News of Kansas)

2009: KAVYA SHIVASHANKAR
 

2009: KAVYA SHIVASHANKAR

Kavya Shivashankar (Olathe News of Kansas)

2008: SAMEER MISHRA
 

2008: SAMEER MISHRA

Sameer Mishra (Journal and Courier of Lafayette, Indiana)

2008: SAMEER MISHRA
 

2008: SAMEER MISHRA

Sameer Mishra (Journal and Courier of Lafayette, Indiana)

2007: EVAN M. O'DORNEY
 

2007: EVAN M. O'DORNEY

Evan M. O'Dorney (Contra Costa Times)

2007: EVAN M. O'DORNEY
 

2007: EVAN M. O'DORNEY

Evan M. O'Dorney (Contra Costa Times)

2006: KERRY CLOSE
 

2006: KERRY CLOSE

Kerry Close (Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune)

2006: KERRY CLOSE
 

2006: KERRY CLOSE

Kerry Close (Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune)

2005: ANURAG KASHYAP
 

2005: ANURAG KASHYAP

2005: Anurag Kashyap

2005: ANURAG KASHYAP
 

2005: ANURAG KASHYAP

2005: Anurag Kashyap

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This was the eighth consecutive year that American youths of Indian heritage have won, which unfortunately has triggered some racist trolling.

Shivashankar, 13, is the second champion in her family. Her sister, Kavya, won the 2009 bee.

Venkatachalam, 14, took third place last year.

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