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Vanya Shivashankar, left, 13, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of St. Louis, hold up the championship trophy as co-champions after winning the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)[/caption]
The National Spelling Story in the United States has ended with a tie. This is the second straight year with no outright winner.
This year, Indian-Americans Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam are co-champions.
The bee hadn't ended in a tie for 52 years, until last year. Now it's happened for an unprecedented two years running.
And Vanya is the first sibling of a past champion to win. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009.
Vanya's final word was "scherenschnitte." After being informed he'd be the co-champion if he got the next word right, Gokul didn't even bother to ask the definition before spelling "nunatak."
Gokul finished third last year.