2 boys declared co-champs at Scripps bee; Western Springs girl finishes in top 6

A tie was declared at the National Spelling Bee.

For the first time since 1962, the two top spellers were named co-champions of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

They were both so good, the bee actually ran out of words.

This is only the fourth tie in the history of the competition.

Eighth grader Alia Abiad from McClure Junior High School in Western Springs also made it to the finals. She finished in the top six.

She lost on the word ‘Irbis’, which is a snow leopard.

It’s her second trip to the national bee.

She tied for 19th place last year.

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