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.
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.
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.”
The words that Erin spelled during the evening session of the competition: tophet, tinaja, pallone, meerschaum, jindyworobak, zamacueca, godet, Komondor, tulisan, calembour, deixis.
The 14-year-old spelling champ tackled increasingly difficult words like deixis, meerschaum, Komondor, zamacueca, and jindyworobak.
They are: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja.
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.
She is already an old pro at this. This is the fourth year in a row she has made it to the national competition
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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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