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For the first time in 50 years, National Spelling Bee ends in a tie

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Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe have serious bragging rights: they both correctly spelled so many words that they basically shut down the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday.

After Hathwar, 14, spelled "stichomythia" (alternating lines between two actors) and Sujoe, 13, spelled "feuilleton" (a supplement to a newspaper) right, there weren't any words left on the competition's list. Thus, the bee ended in a tie for the first time since 1962.

Not only are the teens both amazing spellers, but they're also good sports. "I think we both know that the competition was against the dictionary, not against each other," Hathwar, who came in third last year, told ESPN. "I am happy to share this trophy with him." Now that's A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.