Vermont’s spelling champion completes three rounds of national bee in D.C.

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"This has just been a dream come true".

The 16 spellers who have advanced to the evening rounds pose for a group picture after Round 8 of the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center May 31, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Trophy with Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Adam Symson after winning the annual competition in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday.

Another Indian-American, Atman Balakrishnan, the 12-year-old son of 1985 champion Balu Natarajan, did not advance to the finals.

Karthik won by correctly spelling the word: "koinonia".

This isn't the first time Karthik and Naysa have contested for a title - in fact, both of them live near Dallas, Texas, and Naysa won over Karthik in their county's spelling bee. Naysa tied for seventh place last year, tied for 46th place the year before and tied for 50th place in 2015.

In addition to the trophy, Nemmani will receive $25,000 in cash, trips to NY and Hollywood as part of a spelling bee media tour, a pizza party for his classmates at Scoggins Middle School and a complete Merriam-Webster reference library. In addition to the trophy, he gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

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Karthik's cousin, Sri Nemmali, also competed in this year's bee and marveled at Karthik's discipline and study habits.

Rohan, who was the spelling bee champion at Dewitt Perry Middle School in Carrollton, qualified for the national bee for the first time this year.

He defeated the Bee's largest ever pool of competitors after 515 spellers took the national stage beginning Tuesday for three days of spellbinding competition.

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Karthik, for his part, took no pleasure in vanquishing a familiar foe.

Nemmani's cousin, Srivatsav who was a contestant, but didn't get to the finals, said: "I knew he was going to win". "We weren't against each other".

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