Huntsville student Erin Howard is co-champ of Scripps National Spelling Bee – WBRC

Huntsville student Erin Howard is co-champ of Scripps National Spelling Bee - WBRC
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) – In a nail-biting finish after over three hours on stage, Mountain Gap P-8 student Erin Howard left the Scripps National Spelling Bee a champion.

She wasnt the only one. In a late decision, the judges declared all finalists who lasted into round 20 would be declared a winner. Erin was among the eight winners by correctly spelling erysipelas.” It was about midnight in Washington when she did it.

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After the celebration, Erin talked with WAFF / Gray correspondent Alana Austin. I really cannot describe how I feel right now because I never expected to be a champion or octo-champion Howard said with a laugh. I just wanted to do better than I did last year. I just wanted to spell two words correctly in the prime time finals and I did so much more than that. Im over the moon right now.

ABOUT THE SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE  The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nations largest and longest-running educational program. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. Visit for more information about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company.

Erin says shes going to keep things cool when it comes time to celebrate. This is a lot. Im going to be doing a lot of TV in the next few days so Im just going to celebrate by chilling whenever I can. That will be my celebration.”

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The 14-year-old spelling champ tackled increasingly difficult words like deixis, meerschaum, Komondor, zamacueca, and jindyworobak.

Each of the winners will receive $50,000, a reference library from Merriam-Webster, a trip to New York City, a trip to Hollywood and more.

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Isaac Elliott leaves Scripps National Spelling Bee without misspelling a word

She is already an old pro at this. This is the fourth year in a row she has made it to the national competition

Dictionary loses to 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-Champ, Scripps tweeted. To which the Merriam-Webster Dictionary responded: The Dictionary concedes and adds that it is SO. PROUD. 

She advanced by winning the Alabama Spelling Bee for the fourth year in a row – every year since 2016. This year, she won the Alabama Spelling Bee with the word cogitation.

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