Texas 14-Year-Old Harini Logan Wins 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee

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A seven-letter word for a small aquatic bird stood between Texas teen Harini Logan and the title of National Spelling Bee champion.

Logan, 14, from San Antonio, won the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee and a $50,000 cash prize on Thursday in National Harbor, Maryland, after nailing the correct spelling for the word “moorhen” during a final tie-breaker round, the first in the bee’s 94-year history.

The wordsmith beat out 12-year-old Vikram Raju from Colorado, who took home $25,000, in the tie-breaking round. The duo beat out some of the world’s best spellers aged between 7 and 15 from across the globe.

The show was hosted by the “Roots” actor LeVar Burton, who made headlines this week for revealing his disappointment about being passed over for the permanent host of “Jeopardy!”

Logan’s strategy? Tapping into her Zen amid the pressure of America watching.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jeanette Settembre

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