Kansas City Spelling Bee rematch crowns winner

It took more than 90 rounds, two days and a two-week break, but the Kansas City Spelling Bee finally has a winner.

WGN first reported on this story a couple of weeks ago.

Fifth grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh grader Kush Sharma met February 22nd at the Kansas city public library for the regularly scheduled competition but exhausted all the words on the judges’ list.

A tie wasn’t allowed, so the two met up yesterday for a re-match.

Hoffman stumbled on the word “stifling”.

Sharma ended up taking home the win.

Sharma now heads to Washington, where he will join more than 280 other qualifiers in the 2014 Scripps National Bee.

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