Harini Logan was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee once, then reinstated. She missed four words in a grueling standoff against Vikram Raju, including one that would have given her the title.
In the first-ever lightning-round tiebreaker, Harini finally claimed the trophy.
The 13-year-old eighth grade student from San Antonio, Texas, who competed in the last fully in-person bee three years ago and endured the pandemic to make it back, spelled 21 words correctly during a 90-second spell-off, beating Vikram by six.
Harini, one of the best-known spellers entering the bee and a crowd favorite for her poise and positivity, wins more details ⇒
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