Harini Logan is the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion after the historic Spell-Off

A native of San Antonio, Texas, he received a trophy and a $ 50,000 check.

In the spell-off, Harini collided head-on with 12-year-old Vikram Raju, testing the contestants on how many words they could pronounce correctly in 90 seconds.

Harini spelled 21 of 26 words correctly and Vikram spelled 15 of 19 words correctly.

“I honestly think it’s very surreal, this is the fourth time in the bee,” Harini said holding the trophy on stage. “It’s a dream, it’s my fourth bee and I’m so high.”

Speaking about the first spell-off, Harini said: “At first I was a little embarrassed. I decided to take it boldly … I took a deep breath and told him to go out and do what I could. Whatever happens will happen.”

Spelling Bee, some years are turbulent because most elementary and middle school students pronounce words that make most adults stumble.

Due to Kovit-19, there was competition Canceled in 2020 – Significant shake-up for the country’s largest and longest-running education program. (National Spelling Bee launched in 1925.)
The bee returned last year, but with some changes. In this event three rounds were completed in person, not directly 209 competitors – Decreased from 562 in 2019. The finals were held live at the ESPN White World of Sports campus in Florida, rather than at the National Port in Maryland.
Although still lower than the pre-epidemic number, this year started with 234 competitors, which is higher than last year. Among the beginners, 12 only He attended the final on Thursday.
Another big change this year was the broadcast of Bee TV. Despite being on ESPN for almost three decades, the competition aired on ION and Bounce. ESPN has been the home of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Since 1994Longer than any of the current competitors are alive.

Preliminary matches began on Tuesday, with the quarterfinals and semifinals taking place on Wednesday.

This year’s host is LeVar Burton. The Emmy and Grammy-Award winner hosted the semifinals and finals of the event.

A Report in DecemberBurton called the post “an honor.”

“Like many, I look forward to the competition every year and am excited to be a part of this wonderful tradition of celebrating excellence,” he said.

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