Vanya Shivashankar, left, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Mo., lift the trophy after becoming co-champions Thursday night after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland. Joshua Roberts/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Ansun Sujoe, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y., were named co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Their siblings helped them celebrate the first shared title since 1962. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Kush Sharma of Kansas City, Mo., is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, after winning a spell-off Saturday. After his win, he posed with students and teachers from his school, the Frontier School of Innovation. Maria Carter/KCUR hide caption

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Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., holds the championship trophy after he won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "knaidel" correctly on Thursday in Oxon Hill, Md. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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