ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The co-winner of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee is being honored at the New York state Capitol.
Thirteen-year-old Jairam Hathwar of Painted Post will be recognized Wednesday by the state Assembly and Senate. He shared first place in the National Spelling Bee last month with 11-year-old Nihar Janga from Austin, Texas.
Nihar is a fifth-grader at River Ridge Elementary in the Leander Independent School District. Nihar almost walked away as the big winner, but he misspelled the words “ayacahuite” and “tetradrachm.” The youngster was also the only speller to get a perfect score on the preliminary Scripps test.
In New York today, Jairam will be accompanied by his parents and an older brother who was National Spelling Bee co-champion in 2014. Jairam is a seventh-grader at The Alternative School for Math & Science in Corning.
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